How do we know our church is achieving its mission or even aiming at the right target? Jesus was clear: The greatest command is to love God, and the second is like it: to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Join us at this year's annual joint service called The Gathering, where we'll learn the "secret" to hitting the one target Jesus calls us to aim for: being world-class lovers in a world filled with hate.
Read 1 John 4:13-19
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.
To rely is to depend with your full trust, your complete confidence. What do you rely on? God and his love? Your own efforts at being good? Money? Power? Position?
What kind of emotional and spiritual energy might it free up in your life if you practiced relying on the love God has for you? Try it today.