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Open Heaven Devotional 7th January 2023 (Saturday)

RCCG Open Heaven Daily Devotional for Saturday 7 January 2023

Open Heaven Devotional 7th January 2023 (Saturday)

Open Heaven Devotional 7th January 2023 (Saturday)

Welcome to Today’s RCCG Open Heaven Daily Devotional for Saturday 7 January 2023, written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG.

DO YOU KNOW THAT? Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye was born 2 March 1942, he is a Nigerian pastor and General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God. He’s known for teaching and is the author of OPEN HEAVEN.

Read Other Open Heaven Devotional Messages and Follow the Sunday School Manual for Students and Teachers.

TOPIC: PERFECT LOVE

MEMORISE:
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” – (1 John 4:16)

READ: 1 John 4:15-21 (KJV)

Open Heaven Devotional 7th January 2023

God is love and perfect love can only be experienced in Him (1 John 4:16-17). No matter how strong human love is, it usually has a hidden agenda and will remain imperfect if it is not established in God.

There is a classic example of two people who loved each other in the Bible: David and Jonathan. In (1 Samuel 18:4), the Bible says:

And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

Looking closely at the gifts, you would observed that Jonathan gave David practically everything except his shoes. This is because in Bible times, one way to seal a contract is the giving of shoes, without which everything given can be reclaimed (Ruth 4:7). In those days also, only sons wore shoes; servants were not allowed to. That is why in Luke 15:11-24, when the prodigal son returned, the father asked that shoes be put on his feet to show that he had accepted him back as son and not a servant. Thus, we see that Jonathan was saying to David, in essence, “We are friends, but I am the son. You are only a beloved servant”. In (1 Samuel 20:13-16) and verse 42, we see that Jonathan entered a covenant with David when it became clear that the latter would be king, extracting a promise from him not to wipe out his family. Later on, he even asked to become David’s assistant (1 Samuel 23:17). Be careful when people say they love you; it may be because of what they can get from you. If it so happens that there is nothing to get anymore, then you would know who truly loves you.

God’s love for us, however, is perfect and unconditional. He loved us even while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). He sacrificed His only begotten son so you and I can be saved (John 3:16). He alone is worthy of all your trust (1 John 4:16).

Choose the perfect love of God today by surrendering your life to Jesus. It is only in Him that we have an assurance of boldness on the day of judgement (1 John 4:17) and eternal life (Romans 6:23).

KEY POINT:
God’s love is perfect.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Genesis 24-25

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