Tuesday Devotional
Your love for God is equal to your love for people.  Read 1 John 4:16-21.  According the apostle John, I cannot love God and hate a person at the same time.  Johns’ statement forces us to look at our relationships.  When we are prejudice, we must fight through our prejudices and accept people regardless of their skin color, nationality, or lifestyle.  When we think we are better than others, we must see all people as God sees them.  When we think we are less than others, we must not be intimidated by those who may appear smarter, prettier, or have a higher social status.  When we have sinned, we need to ask forgiveness.  When we have been hurt, we must forgive.  Jesus has given us the model of how to love people.  He saved the woman caught in adultery from death, showed her love by accepting her, then told her to go and sin no more.  He died on the cross saying, “Father, forgive them.”  He loved us first.  In response, we express our love to Jesus through worship, praise, and prayer.  We show our love to people through service and being present with them.  May we learn to love like Jesus.
 

Dear God, thank you for showing your love by sending Jesus.  Help us to love like Jesus. Amen.