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