Devotion Time: October 11-17, 2010

Suggested Instructions

Read the assigned passage for the day, memorize the given memory verse for each day and answer the reflection question provided. Click here to download the DT Packet.

Daily Devotion and Bible Reading Plan

Monday              10/11                  1 John 3

Tuesday              10/12                  1 John 4

Wednesday        10/13                  1 John 5

Thursday            10/14                  2 John

Fri-Sun                10/15-17           Ezekiel 37-48

Memory Verses and Reflection Questions

MONDAY, 10/11

Memory Verse

1 John 3:10

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

Reflection Questions

1 John 3:14-22

  • To what extent have I personally come to see that “anyone who does not love remains in death”?
  • What do these verses say about the proper purpose for life?
  • What do these verses teach about the nature of love?
  • What do my actual, concrete actions show about the degree to which I am a loving person?
  • How can the facts that “God is greater than my heart” and that “He knows everything” encourage me in my Christian walk?

TUESDAY, 10/12

Memory Verse

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Reflection Questions

1 John 4:13-18

  • Why is God’s love reliable?
  • What would it mean for me to rely on God’s love?
  • What is the basis of my “confidence on the day of judgment?
  • Why is it the case that there is no fear in love?  How does love drive out fear?
  • Reflect on v. 18.  Have I experienced trust in God’s love driving out different fears in my life?

WEDNESDAY, 10/13

Memory Verse

1 John 5:3

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome

Reflection Questions

1 John 5:1-5

  • How does this passage challenge me to re-assess my relationship with those who are within my sphere of concern?
  • Why does it make sense that “to obey his commands” is what it means to love God?
  • What is the relationship between “his commands [not being] burdensome” and “[overcoming] the world?”
  • Am I in agreement that “his commands are not burdensome?”  What does my response indicate?

THURSDAY, 10/14

Memory Verse

2 John 1:6

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Reflection Questions

2 John 1:3-6

  • Reflect on the words “command,” “obedience,” and “love” and how they relate to each other.
  • How does the fact that love is a command, and a matter of obedience affect my commitment and thinking regarding loving people God has placed in my life?  To what extent do I connect my obedience to God’s commands with my love for him, and vice versa?
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