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The Goal of Love

Today’s Reflection

CREATED IN GOD’S own image—with the capacity to
love—we seek to love God with our whole being and to love
our neighbors as we love ourselves. Faith is the means to this
loving end. In other words, built upon a firm foundation of
trust in Christ, our lives move toward the goal of love—the
fullest possible love of God and the fullest possible love of all
people and things in God. What an audacious vision, to be
immersed and lost in God’s love!

—Paul Wesley Chilcote, A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

When have you felt immersed in God’s love?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
—1 John 3:11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room .

Something More

Blue Christmas: Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness, an Advent devotional book by Todd Outcalt, reminds us that even in our darkest times, God offers us hope and comfort if we are willing to bring our deepest fears into the light of God’s love. Discover more.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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