Read 1 John 4:16-21. What stood out to you in this reading of the text?
I like having the directive “Do love” to go along with the theme, “Do not fear.” It helps to have a positive action on which to focus.
In today’s entry, I find part of the devotional booklet to be exceptionally liberating. The author says, “How can we muster up feelings of love when we’re afraid, or angry, or hurt? The truth is, in our own power, we can’t. But we don’t have to do this on our own.” We don’t have to do this on our own. Wow! We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone. We don’t have to . . . [fill in the blank]. We just have to “do love.” Isn’t that liberating?!
Instead of trying to make sure I always have the correct thoughts and feelings, I can just fall back on “Do love.” I’m reminded of Pastor Pam’s sermon comment, “You have one job.”