1st John Devotional - Week 7, Day 3

Day 3: “A Mutual Love” - by Ralph Acerno (Retired Pastor)

Read: 1 John 4:15-17

Review: Way back in 1964, before I was a real Christian, I could have told you that Jesus is the son of God just as easily as saying Mickey Mantle was the Yankee's star batter. But it made no difference in my life since I did not, as John states, "Know the love of God." It was only many years later that I realized and recognized Jesus as- not only the Son of God-but the one who died and rose for me. That truth made all the difference in my love for God and His love for me. Love is not meant to be a one-sided affair. John tells us it must be a mutual relationship with God and ourselves if it is to "remain" and be "complete." In a secular world where me-ology has replaced the-ology, John's words are timelier than ever.

Reflect: How many relationships have I had that I thought were complete and final only to later see them tragically end: broken and unfulfilled? How would I respond if I were asked, "How can anyone be confident of anything in this transient world of brokenness, heartache and tragedy?”

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