Defining Love

Today’s text: Ezra 1-2, 1 John 4

In today’s passage John mentions love 27 times. John repeats the command of Jesus that we “Love one another.” He also makes the pronouncement that, “God is love” what a pronouncement that is. God has lavished his love on us because God is love, and because that love is so generously poured out upon us we have and are required to give that love to others. Even though there will be times when we feel unappreciated or taken for granted we still can pass along the very thing that defines us as one of his. Where God dwells love abounds. When we share or lavish on others that which has been given to us we become a reflection of our source. Simply by receiving his love we become so filled, so saturated, that is spills out to others. John encourages us to not just let it spill but to open up and let it flow onto others.


About Richard McGill

Hi, my name is Richard McGill and my family and I started attending CCC shortly after moving to the area eighteen years ago. Although eighteen years may sound like a long time it has past by so quickly. My wife, Sharon, and I have seen our four children grow and have twice experienced that bitter sweet day when we have loosened our grasp so that our children, could begin families of their own. Sharon and I have been more than rewarded for our sacrifices in that we again, on occasion, have in our home the squeals of laughter that only comes from innocence and youth. We revel in the titles that have been bestowed by sweet little voices and thrill to hear them say Papa and Memaw. In addition to our two married children we have two that are preparing for their future through education. Jenny is finishing her sophomore year at SIU and Alex will graduate from high school this spring. Throughout the past eighteen years I have been privileged to serve in several capacities at CCC. I have been a small group leader, greeter, usher, in the Easter production, on the worship team and have taught Sunday School. While I am honored to be asked to contribute to this most recent effort, I can’t help but wonder if they’re not still trying to find something that I am good at. View all posts by Richard McGill

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