Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The week continues

I have been continually blessed by 1 John. It is very practical in the fact that it shows us what real living for God is all about. Take a look at these verses in 1 John 4.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
19 We love, because He first loved us.

I think it is safe to say that love tends to be a risky thing which involves fear. The reality is that if we loved others as Christ loved the church, we would have no reason to fear. This fear comes when we are focused on ourselves. When we love someone unconditionally with no expectation of being loved back, that is true love. This reminds me of Ephesians 5:22-24 where men and women are given their responsibility within marriage. It would seem like being submissive would be very difficult, but if we as men would love others how we should (as Christ loved the church), I don't think it would be difficult at all for someone to submit to our leadership. Godly leadership needs to be based on the love that is only found in Christ! May we grow to be men and women that lead with love!

1 comment:

Nicole Hearn said...

Thank you, Daniel. How appropriate. This message was really important for me today. I appreciate it.