geese fly in a ‘v’ formation because of the aerodynamic boost it gives to the whole flock.
We need to not let the sun go down on our anger.. and resolve to love love love one another. this is from 1 john 4.
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
-this bit is fairly simply – we cannot truly love others outside of knowing the love of the Father. everything else pales in comparison.
8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
that was the greatness and is the greatness of God’s love, a perfect life laid down so that 6 billion imperfect lives could be lived and saved.
10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
love is not what we do, but what has been done for us, therefore our love is determined by what we do, say, treat others.
11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
do you want to truly see God? John tells us that the closest thing we can see to God is when we love one another in the same manner that He loved us, because then his character is demonstrated again and again.
13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
this verse affirms that we can have faith in God, and that his transforming work is done through the Spirit. God is trustworthy and steadfast. We can rely on his Love unlike the love of people. We should strive for our love to be like that of the Father.
17God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.
As believers we are called to follow and learn Christ’s example, and to transformed into his likeness. as we have learned in the last few verses, God’s likeness on earth is Love.
18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
God’s love is so perfect that we can draw all our strength from it. we need not fear the rejection of man, nor seek his praise. all these things are stripped away in the glory and truth of God’s love.
19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
again, a simple instruction for how we are to live and conduct ourselves.
remember John 15. every good thing goes through pruning to become better, stronger and healthier. and the better, stronger, healthier the vine, the sweeter, riper and more luscious the fruit…. and we ALL want to be luscious fruit, right?
geese fly in a ‘v’ formation because of the aerodynamic boost it gives to the whole flock. but the geese at the front have to work harder than the geese at the back. so they do two things = 1. they take turns being at the front, sharing the load. and 2. they honk. really loud and really consistent to encourage one another to keep flying. it enables them to cover many more miles than if they tried it alone.
HONK. HOnk HONK. honk HOnk. let us encourage you, and share your load.
keep going = HONK Honk Honk.