Love God, Love Family

1 John 4:20 – 21

  1. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
  2. 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Choose to Love Again and Again

Siblings rivalry is quite common in any family. I’ve once heard, “in every family, there is at least one ‘black sheep’.” I grow up with three sisters, we have never had any major fight or quarrel as far as I can remember.

The sword fight

Even if we had conflict and argument, we will quickly reconcile and acted as if nothing had happened. Every time we resolved a conflict or problem, our relationship grew stronger. I can’t speak on behalf of another family, at least this is the case of my sibling.

We love each other no matter what happened.- Nicky Ling

Conflict is OK

We should treat our family in the church as our own family. The result of rubbing one another’s shoulder is character building and stronger bond of love for each other.

The problem we had in the church today is that we dare not offend anyone, many have fear to disagree (especially with leaders) and worst of all, many do not confront each other (with love).

Valentines Cats

We swept our misunderstanding under the carpet and refused to talk about the issue or problem which is unresolved. This is where slandering and gossiping start to viral (whether intentionally or unintentionally) resulting the community to break, overtime.

Called to Belong

We all belong to the same family of God, with Christ as the head of the church. If we had truly experienced the love of God, I believe we will be able to love others, especially our brother and sister in Christ.

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The identity of God’s family is that we love one another. When one said he loves God but does not love his brothers, how can the love of God be in this person, wouldn’t he be branded as a hypocrite?

It takes a humble heart and yielding spirit to be able to obey this commandment from God, which is “he who loves God must love his brother also”.

Prayer

Lord, fill our heart with Your unfailing love and we ask Holy Spirit, You come to teach us Your way, teach us how to be kind to our brothers and sisters and teach us how to love like You have loved us. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

Pray

Bonus – Healthy Confrontation

  1. Ready – Pray and ask God to prepare our heart for the meeting.
  2. Raise – Only focus on the issues/problems, avoid attacking the person. Be honest and avoid beating around bushes.
  3. Resolution – Decide on the solution. Choose win-win. (If there is no decision at this step, the meeting can move to another day)
  4. Reconciliation – Ask forgiveness from each other. Physical contact like shaking hand and warm hugs are encouraged.
  5. Renew – Pray and ask God to renew the relationship, leave the past behind and walk in love in the future.

Devotion prepared by

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The most handsome Pastor Nicky Ling
KAOG Assistant Pastor
He felt a strong calling to serve God in full-time ministry and at the same time, God planted in his heart a great burden for missions and young people.
Finally, in the year 2006, he resigned from his former job as a lecturer and ventured to a new phase of life in KAOG.
Stuck with us since then.

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