An opportunity for you to continue your study of God’s Word throughout the week.
“What Motivates You”
1 John 4:11
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
Is there is a person in your life who is just hard to love? This could be because of a character flaw in their life, a personality conflict, or maybe you just don’t like them. For whatever reason, it is just plain hard for you to love them and they drag you down.
John suggests that if God so loves us, we should be motivated to also love one another. We don’t love one another because people deserve it. We should show love to the people in our lives because God has shown love to us—even if the person is difficult or offensive. Many of the things we do are offensive to God yet He still loves us and cares for us. He doesn’t approve of everything we do but He still loves, forgives, and accepts us. Since we are recipients of God’s love, we should also be conduits of love. The power and motivation to accomplish this can only come from God.
The law of gravity says what goes up must come down. However, when you get in an airplane, there is another law at work—the law of aerodynamics. This law says that if an object moves at a certain speed, and with a certain thrust, it will be able to climb out of gravity’s pull. When an airplane flies, gravity hasn’t stopped being “gravitational”; it has simply stopped being in control. The law of aerodynamics sets you free from the law of the pull of gravity.
THOUGHT: Loving one another is like defying gravity.