1 John 4:7-21
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends,since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen,cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command:Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
LOVE is one of the most overused words in the English language. In this short passage, the word “love”, or a variation of it, is used over 20 times. There have been countless books written on the subject of love, and it remains the number one theme in popular music. Why is LOVE such a popular theme in society?
The answer is simple: people want to be loved. People want to feel appreciated, valued, heard and respected. Ultimately, what people are looking for is LOVE. So then, what better way to meet the needs of people than to follow Jesus?
Let’s unpack this. Our passage today tells us that love is from God. Essentially, this passage says that God is Love. Perhaps the greatest lesson of the Christian life is learning how to receive the love of God and give it away. After all, people will know you follow Jesus by the way you love them. Therefore, following Jesus gives us the best opportunity to give love away and help see lives changed.
So, how are you doing with this?
Here’s a challenge today – are you up for it? For every time you say I Love You, do something to show it. So, if you tell your spouse you love them in the morning, be sure to follow it up, or set it up, by an action that communicates love. Do the same for your children, your friends and other family members. Ask yourself – what can I do today that will communicate love to those in my life?
And go further than that. What can you do today that will communicate God’s love to those around you?
Will the way you love today highlight the life change that God is doing in you? Take these steps to give love away, and watch what God does in and through your life when you love like Jesus.
Jesus, help me to love others the way that you love me. Help me to go beyond just saying, “I love you” to actually demonstrating it. Jesus, I love you. Help me to demonstrate that by loving those you have placed around me today. Amen.