God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them. This is how love has been perfected in us, so that we can have confidence on the Judgment Day, because we are exactly the same as God is in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. We love because God first loved us. If anyone says, I love God, and hates a brother or sister, he is a liar, because the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister who can be seen can’t love God, who can’t be seen. This commandment we have from him: Those who claim to love God ought to love their brother and sister also.
-1 John 5: 16b-21
As Methodist, we talk about the life of discipleship as going on to perfection. But does that mean that every mistake we make is a failure? If God is love, is it possible that we are called into a perfection that is not a burden, but a graceful reflection of the love that is in us? [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Use these scriptures and questions to reflect in your devotion time.
Texts to read:
Questions to ponder:
- When have you felt pressure to be perfect?
- Was the pressure for perfection internal or external?
- How does the idea of perfect in love change your perception of perfection?
Do and share:
- Step out of your comfort zone and try something new or do something you don’t feel you are very good at. Record how it makes you feel and what you do with those feelings.
- Take a picture of a random act of kindness this week. Share in our Facebook group or on Twitter (@dpumc) and include how it expresses perfect love.