Memorize Monday: 1 John 4:7-21

Part of the purpose of spiritual disciplines is to make right actions automatic.  When we are faced with someone who we can respond to with love or hate, we should not have to decide, we should be so formed that love is our default.  Spiritual disciplines are a way of returning our lives to the “factory settings” of God’s Kingdom.

Reading and meditating on scripture is a particularly power way to achieve such a reset.  Today read, reread, and work on memorizing 1 John 4:7-21.  Carry the verse with you throughout the week and review it again and again.  You will be glad you did when the time for action comes.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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