Promise of the Week: 1 John 4:10-12

As Jackie DeShannon and Dionne Warwick once sang: “What the world needs now is love sweet love“. A message not unlike this week’s promise found in 1 John 4:10-12:

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Yup if we love each other we actually give each other a glimpse of God! What does God look like? We may not know for sure but we get a lot closer to knowing when we help someone, comfort someone, forgive someone, show patience, kindness and all the other characteristics of love found in 1 Corinthians 13.

So for this week I’m claiming this promise, that I’ll live out a 1 Corinthians 13 and in doing so enjoy the full expression of God’s love. Sounds wonderful!

Fun fact

Burt Bacharach apparently wrote this song for Dionne Warwick who turned it down. It was then made famous by Jackie DeShannon before being later recorded by Dionne Warwick.

Definition of a promise

Promise (prɒmɪs)
A declaration or assurance that one will do something e.g. “If you post a comment I promise to read it” or that a particular thing will happen e.g. “If  you post a great comment I promise to smile and say you’re awesome”

If you have a favourite promise or text for this week, please share in the comments below.

Have a blessed week x

Amongst many other things, I'm a 30-something contemplative Londoner making the daily commute between contentment and ambition.When not blogging, I'm using my talents for good as communications director at Gingerland and co-founder of Love Harlem.

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