Day One

Because Jesus was the atoning sacrifice, we have been assigned but two commands: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matthew 22:39). Now, in my introduction to this devotional, I quickly defined love as according to the Bible, but ultimately, we have a few steps before we can learn to commune in love.

The first step would be to define communion. Communion is “the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level” (Dictionary). It requires time, however, to arrive to a place where one is truly able to be intimate with someone, or with God, even. But, because “…God is love” (1 John 4:8), the first step to actually communing with people and with God is to to know God. The reason is that “anyone who does not love does not know God” (1 John 4:8).

So how do we form and establish a relationship with God? We will begin this journey tomorrow.

Introduction to Communing in Love

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now, remain in my love.”

-John 15:9

To obtain salvation, eternal life, was to obey every law and walk in complete perfection. Yet, because Jesus was killed as the atoning sacrifice, we have been granted “the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). Now, “we are heirs– heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). This is encouraging! By our faith and the mercy of God, we are to inherit many blessings! Yet, God wishes something of us while we walk on Earth: walk in love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).  In demonstrating love toward others in speech and action, Jesus said, “‘everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’” And God rewards those who obey him when we walk in love and “trust in the Lord with all [our] heart(s) and lean not on [our] own understanding…” (Proverbs 3:5-6). So I am beginning an online devotional on communing in love.