Commanded to Love
1 John 4:21

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2007, Max D. Hutto,

“And we have this command from Him: the one who loves God must also love his brother.” 1 John 4:21 HCSB

God has given us a command to love Him and love others. This is not a “suggestion,” or “if you feel like it” statement. It is a command from the Almighty, All-powerful Lord God. He has the authority as God, and He demands that we love Him and love others. This love for God is a complete trust and a loyal obedience that glorifies and honors Him. This love for others is a selfless desire and benevolent compassion for the well-being of another. This love is an act of the will not the emotions. One chooses to love, and one must choose to love God and others.

Lord Jesus, I do love You. Help me to show that love by obeying Your commands and showing concern and compassion for others.


  October 19, 2007

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