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"Real Love"

September 9, 2006

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This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

If you look over the magazine displays, you will see that many of the magazines' feature articles are about love and people who are supposed to be in love or out of love. Love is a very popular subject in our American periodicals.

Love is also one of the foremost themes in the Christian religion, but Christian love is quite different from the love written about in many magazines. This is usually the emotional love between those of the opposite sex. We call it physical, or romantic, love.

The love of God and the love that Christians show to one another is something different. It is a sacrificial and unselfish love; a love that understands, that sympathizes, that plans, that works, that gives the very best for others. It is this kind of love that prompted God to send His own Son to suffer and die for people who did not deserve it.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to show Your kind of love to all those around us; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 5-6    2 Corinthians 13

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