Lent Devotion for April 4

Reading: 1 John 3:11–15

The Christian life is one of love. It has been so from the creation of the world and it remains true today, though the lawlessness of sin keeps us from perfectly living it out.

Cain, the firstborn son of Adam, committed murder twice: first in his heart, second by his hand. He acted according to his sinful flesh, which wanted revenge for his brother’s favored place in God’s sight. That is the way of this world, where the evil one rules: might makes right, and hating your brother is just a way to get ahead.

But in Jesus Christ, we have passed from this world of death. By His love we can love one another because in Him we are indeed brothers and sisters. We live in a world that hates us, but we are not called to hate each other. Instead, we live in daily repentance and forgiveness, forgiving each other’s sins out of love just as Christ has forgiven us.

Heavenly Father, You desire that all men should love their neighbor. Abide in us, so that we may love our brothers and sisters and that all jealousy and strife cease between Your children; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

“Blessed are God’s sons and daughters,
Making peace where there is strife.
Blessed are the persecuted,
Who for righteousness lose life;
Their reward is great in heaven,
In the kingdom up above—
So be glad to share My suff’ring
And rejoice to know My love.” (LSB 932:3)

Mark Gaschler (Sem I, CTSFW)