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Daily Reading: 1st July 2015

John 14.15 cont.

15 If you love Me you will keep My commandments.

Yesterday we finished by asking the question: How did Jesus love the Church?

Every time that we break bread together we remember how Jesus displayed His love for us.

The most well known verse in the Bible tells us:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” – John 3.16 (NLT).

It is the love that gives, and gives, and gives, and keeps on giving.

It is the love that is undeserved.

Paul wrote these words:

[6] When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.

[7] Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good.

[8] But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners – Romans 5.8 (NLT).

None of us deserves God’s love. Not one of us can go to God and say you must love me because I’ve been a good person; I’ve not done anyone any harm; therefore, I’m worthy of Your love.

The truth is that we are all sinners; every one of us has turned our backs on God. We do not deserve His love.

Every time we eat the bread and drink from the cup we must remember that His dying on the cross of Calvary is the supreme display of His sacrificial love for you, and for me.

Paul describes how sublime His love is with these words:

[4] Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud

[5] or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.

[6] It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

[7] Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

[8] Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear – 1 Corinthians 13.4-8 (NLT).

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