Monday, January 7, 2013

7 January 2013 - 1 John 4:7

Monday, January 7

Beloved ones, let us continue loving one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born from God and gains the knowledge of God.—1 John 4:7.

The apostle Paul noted one manifestation of God’s love for people when he described Jehovah as “the God of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) Jesus demonstrated such love when he did what was foretold in Isaiah’s prophecy. (Isa. 61:1, 2) During his entire ministry, Jesus lovingly comforted mourning ones, bringing them encouragement and peace of mind. All followers of Jesus need to imitate him by comforting those who mourn. (1 Cor. 11:1) Paul said: “Keep comforting one another and building one another up.” (1 Thess. 5:11) Especially do we need to comfort others, since mankind now faces “critical times hard to deal with.” (2 Tim. 3:1) More and more, honesthearted people throughout the world are being confronted by some whose words and actions cause grief, heartache, and sadness. w11 10/15 4:1, 2