Prayer: Dear God, we love because you first loved us. Thank you. Amen
Reading: I John 4: 7-21 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: One of the first songs I learned in my church youth group, was I John 4: 7 and 8 put to a tune. Best way to memorize scripture if you ask me. So, these two verses have been in my mind and on heart for a long, long time and that is a good thing. It answers so many questions:
What are we to do? Love one another.
Why are we to love? Because love is from God.
Why does that matter? Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
What if I don't love? Whoever does not love does not know God.
When your heart seems bursting with love, remember where the love first came from. When it seems hard to muster up a loving feeling for someone, remember being born of God and knowing God means you have the love in there to share. Still struggling? Get to know God better. Get to know scripture better. Sing it if that helps.
-- Ruth Gates
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