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The next step in building ourselves up: growing our love

Growing My Love
Keep Yourself

Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:1-3

Key Verse: Jude 1:21

Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Jude now takes us to the next step in building ourselves up: growing our love. He is referring to growing our connection to God’s pool of love. In our suggested additional scripture reading, John reminds us that God has lavished His love on us. Both Jude and John connect God’s work with our work. God does a mighty work of love for us—that which we could not do for ourselves—then we are to step up and do a work in response to God’s work. Jude refers to our work as keeping ourselves in God’s love. John tells us that “everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).

I call this the “tension” of the scripture: two forces pulling together to make something work. Some would teach it’s all grace…God’s work. Some teach an extremely humanistic theology that emphasizes man’s work. I believe the truth is found in the middle. God’s work in cooperation with our work brings about the completed work!

As we look at our work, we see that Jude believes there are things we can (and must) do to keep ourselves in God’s love. God’s love could be looked at as a fort. It’s fortified by God’s power, bringing protection to all those in the fort. Because of the evil one’s lures and temptations, some walk outside of God’s fort, and thus open themselves up to the destruction of the enemy. God’s love never goes away, but we can walk away from His Fatherly care. This week we’ll be looking at the practical ways to keep ourselves in His love.

Father, it is hard for me to fathom the great love you lavish on me. I praise you for it and will work to stay within its protective walls. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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