Friday, April 7, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Love: The Identity Of God's Family

Friday April 7

Bible Reading:     1 John 3: 10 - 15

Topic:         Love: The Identity Of God's Family

When a baby is born into a family, people are eager to know who of the father or mother s/he resembles.

The baby may have some features of the mother and father in different proportions but it will be strange there is nothing in the physical, emotional or moral make-up of the child that reflects his or her parents in birth or upbringing.

In our reading today, believers are seen as members of one family - the Family of God.

As a member of God's Family, you are expected to carry your Father's identity which is love and extend this love to the brethren.

John takes it further
a.       Love for one another should be the first lesson a child of God should learn (v. 11)
b.      You should love a brother even if he is preferred above you in position or reckoning (v. 12)
c.       Your brotherly love can bring alienation and persecution from the world (vs. 13 - 14)

However we also need to heed the warning "Whoever hates his brother is a murderer and no murderer has eternal life abiding in him" (v. 15)

Jesus said the world would know we are His if we love one another (John 13: 35)

Therefore love for the brethren is your Sonship identity

Father let Your Love always shine through me, Amen

Memory verse:   1 John 3: 15

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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