February 18, 2014


1 John 2:1-11

The Hatfield-McCoy feud is legendary, starting in the Civil War era when Asa McCoy was murdered as a traitor. Unlike the rest of the two families’ sons, Asa fought for the Union. Many brothers met in opposition on the battlefield during the Civil War. Though the history of that war was much more than a sibling rivalry, it acknowledges the realities of warring siblings. Such struggles extend to our earliest roots when Cain slew Abel. As brothers and sisters, many of us continue struggling to be at peace with one another.

In our Reading, we are reminded that Jesus is the atoning sacrifice, not only for our sins but, for the sins of the whole world. John reiterates the command that Jesus exemplified throughout his earthly ministry—to love our brothers and sisters. As we contemplate Johns’ letter in light of our personal lives, we see where we may begin exercising such love. We might begin at home, or in our church, or in our neighborhood, and extend it to the rest of the world as well.

Love begins in our hearts and with those closest to us. Love demands our patience, understanding, and commitment. Where might you best express the love of Christ today?

Prayer: Loving Father, guide me and teach me to reach out to others with your loving Spirit in my heart and your loving expressions in my thoughts, words, and deeds. Amen.

 Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.

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