Immanuel | God Is With Us!

Day 2 of 8 • This day’s reading

Devotional

LOVE 

When Jesus came to Earth, He brought all of the love of Heaven with him. Our God is not a distant, aloof creator, but a close and personal father. When Immanuel comes into our world, He intends to overwhelm us with His love. One of my favorite verses on this is 1 John 3:1

Read: 1 John 3:1 

The world that we live in is inundated with rip off and hollow versions of love. Everywhere we look, people are chasing love and acceptance at work, in relationships, and with achievement. There's a desperation to be loved—truly, it is one of the absolute drivers of our lives and existence. The challenge is that most attempt to find this deeply fulfilling love from the wrong source. While we find companionship, friendship, and enjoyment with people, only the love of God can satisfy and fill the longing of our hearts. 

The most known verse in the Bible is John 3:16, which showcases how the love of God towards us compelled him to act and to respond to us. Really for us to be able to love others correctly we must first know and received the love that God has for us. 

Read: 1 John 4:7-21

The whole Bible is a billboard and megaphone communicating and showing God's love towards us. You and I don't have to earn it—we just have to receive it. 

 

PRAYER 

Jesus, thank you that you loved us so much that you died on the cross for us. Help us to never forget that reality! And with that in mind, help us to love others. Help us to extend to others that same love that you gave us. Amen