by Sandy Kirby Quandt
The Bible tells us to love as God loved us, but what does that look like?
We are told God is love, love comes from God, and those who are loving and kind show that they belong to God. We are also told if a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows he doesn’t know God, and doesn’t belong to God.
We are told it isn’t about our love for God, but his love for us. God’s love sent his son, Jesus, into this wicked world to make a way through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for us to have eternal life with him in heaven. Since God loved us as much as that, surely we ought to love each other, don’t you think?
God is the source of our love, not us. Those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior have access to God’s love through the power of his Holy Spirit living in us. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us bite our tongue and speak the truth in love instead of lashing out against others. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us be patient with those we’d rather not be patient with. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us seek justice and not seek our own personal glory. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us see others as he sees them; worthy of love and respect.
It is the Holy Spirit who keeps us from being jealous, boastful, prideful, rude, irritable, self-seeking, mean-spirited, hateful, retaliatory, short tempered, and just plain obnoxious.
Love is a verb. It requires a choice and an action. Remembering God is love, love comes from God, and those who are loving and kind show that they belong to God, how well do we show we love as God loved us through the choices we make in loving others?
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Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better. But if a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows that he doesn’t know God—for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into this wicked world to bring to us eternal life through his death. In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God but his love for us when he sent his Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us as much as that, we surely ought to love each other too. 1 John 4:7-11 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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