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1 John 3:11-17, Love One Another

Key Verse

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
— 1 John 3:11

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, July 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Many of us were raised in a narcissistic culture. We may not think so, but the truth is we were bred to look out for ourselves first. We are willing to give, but only if our own needs are met first. We are willing to help, but we expect help in return one day. We proclaim love, but secretly harbor hatred (or at the least, fear, lack of understanding, disdain, or apathy) toward some. 

But Jesus called us to love others. To serve others. To put others before ourselves. But how can we give to others when there isn't enough for us? Interestingly, many who find that they give more than is within their comfort zone quickly become comfortable with giving, joyful even.

Many who help without expectation of appreciation or reciprocation find that the helping is itself rewarding. And those who are willing to open themselves to the "other" find that others are not so different from us after all, and love multiplies.

When we do for others, we do for ourselves, too.

Sometimes we just have to get our priorities straight to notice.

What are your priorities in your daily life? How do you determine and reflect upon them?

 

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