For a reminder of what I am doing this month, read this post
1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Loving our families is easy enough most of the time. Loving our best friend is a lot like this love as well – it flows freely from us, and often unconditionally. However, this verse does not only direct us to love our friends and family, but all people. How is it possible to love all people? It is only possible with God’s help and example. By seeing His love for them and His purpose in their lives, we can begin to love our fellow man as we love ourselves.
On Sunday, we sang an old song with the words:
“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”
If we turn our backs on those in need, laugh at the hurting around us, ignore the plights of people we walk past, hate those who we feel “deserve” hating, we are not really of God. The amazing thing, however, is that God can give us the love we need for others if we ask Him. Like it says, love comes from God. If we love, we are born of God. He has placed that love in us. I am reminded here of the difference between happiness and joy. Happiness can be fleeting and is often dependant on circumstance, but joy comes from within and will come out even in hard times. Love can be like this as well. We may feel what we think is love and assume that this love is all we need to feel happy feelings about whomever it is directed at. Real love is present, however, when least expected. When faced with abandonment, hatred, persecution and the like, real love allows us to stand back and see God’s love for the individual causing us pain.
I have watched situations where this love is amazing and profound – children who turn away from parents and yet are unconditionally loved and accepted by those parents, victims of crime who are not only able to forgive their attackers, but also find love for them because of Christ. We can truly do all things through Christ, and unconditionally loving others is one of these things.
I am honestly surprised to have been able to focus enough to write today, as I now have my fourth bout of tonsillitis. Erik also has a skin infection on his face that looks awful (poor baby!). Hopefully we’ll be over this before Easter so we can really enjoy the time with our family.
This verse of the day comes from Air1.