What I Read Today:
1 John 3-4; Acts 21; Nahum 3-Habakkuk 1; Psalm 49; 2 Chronicles 1; Exodus 2
1 John 4:7-12, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” ESV
Every day when we watch the news or read our social media feeds, we view story after stories of people doing awful things. It seems that anger and rage are the new normal. The vulgarity is ramping up. We say things to each other that are rude and, in some cases, downright mean. Let’s face it bad news and controversy are what increase ratings and sell the news.
This morning after reading 1 John 4, I went to the internet and typed in “everyday heroes.” Within a few seconds, I was reading story after story about ordinary people who touched lives. The story of a nurse who adopted a little girl who had no visitors during her hospital visit. Stories of teachers standing outside of their student’s homes and encouraging them during the pandemic. Stories about soldiers horribly injured on the battlefield, some losing arms, and legs, now devoting their lives to helping other soldiers returning with similar injuries.
In my own life, I’ve seen numerous examples of people living out 1 John 4:
- I know of a woman who lost her son in a tragic car accident who now devotes herself to providing backpacks full of school supplies to needy kids in her son’s name.
- I know a church that, during the pandemic, while shutting down, opened up a food pantry.
- I see another church where numerous people work tirelessly to provide donated clothes, food, rent support, and other things to those in need.
- I read of a Pastor in my community who visited his parishioners each month at home during the pandemic. He’d sit outside in the July heat and give a devotion through an open door.
- There’s a gentleman I know who serves on the city council. He works long hours as a correctional officer, and then comes home and tirelessly seeks out at-risk youth.
These people live out the command to love one another. They don’t do it for fame or fortune. You will never no any of their names. Yet they are living testaments to the love of Jesus Christ.
Do yourself a favor. Turn off the news today and go on a hunt for stories about people living out the love of Jesus Christ!
Then be inspired to go out and do something yourself!