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 4:7-12
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This passage is packed to overflowing with spiritual truths about love: its definition, source, evidence and explication, demonstration, demanded response, presence, effect, and call to us.
Read this passage over carefully a few more times. Which piece do you most need to ponder today? Which part do you need God to bring to life for you? Ask him to do so.