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Freedom Phrase-Love

February 14th, 2019

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on First John 4:16.

“And so, we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them.”

The reason why we have the capacity to love God and other people is because God loved us first. If we want to know what the true nature of love is, we can look to Jesus who demonstrated God’s love for us in this way: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The worthy Savior gave His life for unworthy sinners. He loved us in our worst moments, not just our best.

His example can help us to love our children in the midst of their temper tantrums, to offer hospitality to someone who cannot return the favor, and to overcome hatred with love.

Through Jesus, we are set free to love people as God loves us.

John Shirk


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