Beyond the Weekend

March 4 | Genuine or Fake?

March 4, 2016

1 John 4.7-12

The Apostle John wrote to believers experiencing divisions in their church. To help the believers identify the fake believers versus the genuine articles John writes, “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4.11).

God showed his incredible love for us as Jesus died on the cross in our place. This should cause us to erupt with gratitude and worship. But it’s not enough to simply bask in Christ’s love for us. This love was intended to overflow from us to the church around us. Because of the cross, we should be more patient with our families, more selfless with our resources, and more compassionate with the broken.

The body of Christ should feel the impact of the cross in our lives.

As Pastor Jeff Manion mentioned this past weekend, this works great when everyone is looking out for someone. God places people with needs right in front us—we don’t have to look far. So, in light of the cross, choose someone you can look out for today. Consider those you naturally interact with and choose now how you can show them an extra measure of Christ’s love flowing through you.

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