verse-ing in 2014

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living life to it's fullest.

living fearlessly.

1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

I received a great suggestion from a Youversion app email to find a verse in the Bible to live by this new year, and commit to a devotional. To make God’s Word a priority. One of my resolutions is to lean more on the grace and love of God in order to live more fearlessly.

1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

I like this verse for a couple reasons.

First, it starts with the word “And.” I write like that. I like that a sentence starts with “And.”

It uses “them” instead of “him.” I like the non-gender specificity of the text. (insert smiley here.) It’s all of us.

It makes a promise that if I live a life of love, then God dwells in me. It doesn’t mean everyone else needs to live a life of love, but I do. Personal responsibility is always good. And besides, you can’t control everyone else. You can control yourself. Sometimes.

God is love. Simple and amazing.

Really, what is there not to love about this particular verse?

1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

It’s not an easy thing to love everyone.

Especially when hurt and sadness and disappointment and anger get in the way.

But the promise is there. Love not just others, but everyone, and God will shine from your heart outward.

And that is some powerful stuff.

Welcome 2014.

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