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October 3, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 4


1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 

Thought for Today

Are you afraid of God? Do you worry that He might punish you for something you have done, maybe something no one else knows about that still comes to mind late at night? When you think about standing before the judgment seat of God do you worry that you might be rejected? John would say that you harbor those fears because you haven’t experienced God’s love deeply enough. Those who have truly plumbed the depths of God’s love won’t fear such things. Do you think Jesus would have endured all His suffering knowing God might not love you anyway? That you might still have to suffer the consequences of your sin from God? No way! God so LOVED the world (that means you) that He sent His Son. God loves you with a perfect love. He could not possibly love you more and He refuses to love you less! Spend time with God today and talk to Him about His love for you. See how you feel about those old fears when you’re done.

 

Prayer

Loving Lord, I praise You that, knowing everything about me, You chose to show Your great love by sending Your Son to rescue me. Help me to learn to rest in Your love and let it cast out all my fears. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

It's not about finding ways to avoid God's judgment and feeling like a failure if you don't do everything perfectly. It's about fully experiencing God's love and letting it perfect you. It's not about being somebody you are not. It's about becoming who you really are. ― Stormie Omartian

 

Quote of the Day

I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens. ― Woody Allen

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October 2, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 3


1 John 4:15-16

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

Thought for Today

Notice how many times God mentions the Law or obedience in today’s passage. Zero. To what does God tie His love? Confessing Jesus and abiding in Him. Being obedient to God is a byproduct of having a relationship with God. Those who abide in God come to know God’s love so well that love becomes a dominant characteristic in their lives. Others will see the way they love and know that they have been close to God. God has always longed for a relationship that draws us close to Him. So, if you struggle to love, to be compassionate, or to forgive, the remedy is to spend more time with God. That’s what “abide” means, to spend time in His presence. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God. They go hand in hand. How can you make a little more time to spend with God today?

 

Prayer

Beloved God, I desire to spend more time with You. Show me when and where we can meet today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us. ― Tullian Tchividjian

 

Quote of the Day

Abiding in God: " Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter — you are just there in front of the fire. You don't have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.” ― Desmond Tutu

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October 1, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 2


1 John 4:9-10

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

Thought for Today

Love is often thought of as an abstract thing. It is a feeling that comes and goes or a sentiment to be shared. For God love is a real, tangible thing. John tells us that God made His love manifest to us. Manifest means “clear or obvious to the eye.” God tried everything to show us His love. He told us how to live lovingly and peacefully with one another, we chose another way. God sent His prophets to tell us about His mercy, grace, and love. We wouldn’t listen. So, in a final act to show us His love He sent His Son, Jesus, to tell us in His teaching, show us through His miracles, and prove it by laying down His life on the cross. God showed us what love looked like when He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. For we did not love God. The closest we could get was trying to obey His laws, but that was out of fear, not love. This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His as a propitiation for our sins. This is how we know what love looks like.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for never giving up on us. Even when we did not understand Your expression of love You continued until we could not miss what love looked like in Your Son, Jesus. Help me to show Your love to someone else today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.” ― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

 

Quote of the Day

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. ― Elbert Hubbard

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