December 6 – Daily Notes – Amanda

5 love languages

There was a book written a while back called “The Five Love Languages”. It narrows showing and receiving love down into five categories and says that we all fall into some combination of them. Our 2 John reading today might disagree slightly because it states that the church can show God love through obedience to his commandments. When we love God, we follow his commands.

Hosea 4:1-5:15:

  • 1-19 – Hosea, the prophet, presents God’s “case” against Israel. This is explaining the different ways they have broken their covenant with God. One major accusation is against the priests.
  • 1-15 – This section explains God’s coming punishment on Israel and Judah. In the final verse God promises to still be available when they return to him.

2 John 1-13:

  • 1- The “elect lady” is most likely referring to the church.
  • 5-6 – The author reminds the church that they have received God’s commandments and can show their love for God by following those commands.

Psalm 125:1-5:

  • 4-5 – The psalmist, here, seems to assume that the Israelites will fall in the category of the upright because he is quick to ask for punishment on the wicked and blessing on the righteous.

Proverbs 29:9-11:

  • 11- Over and over in the proverbs restraint is valued. Wisdom is knowing when to act or speak and when to refrain.

What to Expect – Week 49

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We are in the final month of our year of reading the Bible! You can practically see the finish line!! It’s within reach. Keep pushing!

This week, we get to spend some time in the John(s)…sorry for the potty humor. We’ll work through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. These are three short letters likely written by the author of the gospel of John.

Some highlights from the Johns are an emphasis on having sound doctrine within Christianity, a reminder for unity within the church, and the significance of Christ’s incarnation to our salvation.

One particular highlight in 1 John is the thesis of the “why” of how we’re called to live. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Love for others can be hard, especially when they seem undeserving, but if we fall back on this simple verse, we’re empowered to love simply because we were first loved.

We still have a lot of good stuff to read, so push through these last days of the plan. It will be well worth it.