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A Clear Picture – May 9, 2024

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and all his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:12

A Clear Picture

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Daily Devotion – May 9, 2024

Devotion based on 1 John 4:12

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Do you ever wonder what God looks like? Perhaps we have an image of Jesus that comes to mind, but what about God the Father? What does he look like? Wouldn’t it be nice if he would just show himself? Frankly, that would make it easier for us all to believe in him. I mean, if God is really out there, why doesn’t he show himself to us?

In this world of pain and suffering, it is not difficult or uncommon to feel like God isn’t present. Or to feel like God doesn’t love us or care about us. Maybe there is a person in your life who has recently made similar comments to you. How in the world can anyone get to know God if they can never see God?

That’s where we come in. The Bible says that the world can get a glimpse of what God is like when we love one another. When we live as God’s forgiven children, that gives others a chance to get to know what God is like. Your friend or coworker may never see God, but she will see you every day. What picture of God will she get as she interacts with you?

If we keep the love of Jesus fresh in our hearts and minds—that will enable us to present a clear picture of God’s love for others. When we remember his sacrificial death, we can then be selfless for others. We can put others first. We can listen to their fears and worries without judgment. We can help someone in need and show compassion when so many others pass by uncaring. We can acknowledge a hurting soul and let them know that they are seen. We can show respect and honor in a world that is so quick to put down and condemn. God will be clearly seen when his children live in his love.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your love and forgiveness for me. Give me strength today to let your love shine through in all that I do. Lead others to see your love through me. Amen.

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