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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 21, 2015

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TUESDAY, April 21

1 John 4:16 God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

“They’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love…” Like many of you, I sang this refrain often in youth group and at church camp.

Sometimes I think we make the Christian faith too hard. We study theology, and we debate doctrines. We build buildings. We argue in commissions and committees. But if the writer of this letter is right, it all comes down to love. Jesus never commanded us to agree with one another. He commanded us to love.

How do we truly love? We know that love is more than a feeling. It can be an active verb sometimes, requiring hard choices, right action, and perseverance.

We also know that the love we are called to embody is the love that Christ exemplified in his life, death, and resurrection. It isn’t always clear what the most loving choice or action or word is. But what if we began each day with the simple question: “What would love do?” I suspect that we would live differently. And, hopefully, others will know we are Christians by our love.

PRAY for the Diocese of Nelson (Aotearoa NZ and Polynesia)

Today the Church remembers Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1109.

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39; Daniel 4:28-37; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 4:31-37



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