Sometimes, we only do what is right because we fear the consequences of doing what is wrong. For a Christian this is backward thinking. Love, not fear, should inspire me to keep God’s commands. Am I afraid of God or afraid of being apart from God? The first is useless, and the latter makes me love being in God’s presence.

O gracious God, may I celebrate the gift of being loved by You each day. May this experience spread the good news that God’s love is for everyone.