January 20, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on 1 John 4:20,21: “If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
I believe this verse is appropriate for today as the nation honors Martin Luther King Jr. today. While he had his faults, as we all do, he was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. In his “I have a dream” speech, he quoted this verse. His dream, as all of God’s people should dream, is that as a people loved by God, we love others regardless of race, creed, political position, or for that matter, any other form of prejudice.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen I come to you today, acknowledging my sinfulness in looking down on those who are not like me. I beg you to forgive me for the sake of Jesus. Help me to see all people as your people whom you died for so that I might be a better reflection of your love toward all people. Amen