1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Written by: Brett Humphrey
It’s important to God that we love others. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment of them all, he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40).
It’s interesting Jesus didn’t say anything about how much knowledge we have. He only talked about how much we love. John emphasized the need to love in his letter and stated, “Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love.”
When our kids were younger, one of the things we would emphasize with them is how they treated each other when they would have disagreements. We would ask them if they loved their brother/sister as themselves. We would ask them this to help emphasize the importance of loving others while at the same time loving God by following His commands. Like so many things, the question wasn’t what they knew; it was what they did with the information and acted in love.
This emphasis on love has been beneficial to me over the years as well. When I get irritated with someone, I have learned to stop and ask how I can react in love towards that person. I don’t always succeed, but this simple step has helped me in so many ways. When I ask how I can react in love to someone, it helps me see that person as a person and not a problem. It helps me see them as an individual loved by God and someone I should figure out how to love as well.
Thought of the day: In the end, all that matters is God and people. If I don’t show love for others, I won’t be able to experience a genuine relationship with God because if I can’t love people, I can’t love God either.
Prayer: God, thank You so much that You love me. Thank You that You give me the strength to love others, especially when I don’t want to. Please help me to see people the way You see them. Help me to learn how to love You and to love others. Please help me to make an effort this week to show more love to those around me. Amen.