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.

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About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey Into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith (Convergent/Random House 2015).


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