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“Knowing Christ is the best thing that has ever happened to me, although winning the US Open was a pretty good second.”

Alison Nicholas

God is love.

God is love 1 John 4:9, 16

In the last in our series on 1 John we reach the climax of John’s message, the fact that God is love! Most of us struggle to grasp how much God loves us. Rightly may Paul pray for the Ephesians to “have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18).

Just look at some of the things John says about love:

Love comes from God (4:7);
God showed his love by sending Jesus (4:9);
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (4:16);
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear (4:18).

Can you grasp and believe how much God loves you and how special that makes you?

But as always, John has a sting in the tail! “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (4:11). Let us compete today or go to practice knowing that God loves us and therefore ready to love our training group, the coach, out opponents, the officials and everyone. Even that one person in your team or training group who always annoys you!

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