1 John 4:7-8(NIV)
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
For us as Christians, we all know for a fact that God really loves us a lot. In fact, He loved us so much that the Bible says that He sent His only Son to earth, to not only teach us the way to the Kingdom of Heaven, but to also give up His life to pay the price for our sins, bringing us from a state of being orphans to that of being children and servants of the Most High. What a privilege and honor to be called God’s children, to be called His beloved, and as much as we have to learn to be grateful people and thank the Lord for what He has done for us and given us, it doesn’t stop there. I’m not sure about you but there were times in my life when I was just too caught up with the fact that I’m God’s beloved and the whole ‘God bless me’ mentality that I failed to realize that as much as we were called to be loved by God, we are equally called by God TO love people, as well as God.
God called us to love Him, and that really means us showing love to everyone around us. Notice that I did not say ‘show love to those who love you’, or ‘show love to some people’, because that isn’t what the Word of God tells us. In Luke 6:32, it tells us: “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them!” You see, the way God works is really contrary to that of what the world teaches us. We love because God first loved us. Love comes from God, and this love is not just any kind of love, but more specifically Agape love, a love that only seeks to give but never to receive. When we are able to show this love to everyone around us, this is what is going to set us apart from the world, not because we want to be intentionally seen as different but because we want to intentionally show His love to others, to show that our God is love and that same love that has been given to us is the same love we cannot help but show, even though it may be extremely tough at times.
So don’t get me wrong, I understand showing God’s love is not always the easiest thing to do, it takes intention, it takes a conscious effort to live it out but one thing that is certain is that it will definitely be tremendously rewarding, and to top it off, God sees it and honors that. Many times, we find that loving those close to us can be one of the most challenging feats of all, and it’s with good reason, for we know them, their flaws and faults, better than anyone else. Yet, let us remember that very often, God has plans to refine us and mold us into maturity using these very people who are close to us. Remember that God’s love always comes coupled with compassion, patience and kindness, and forgiveness. So just as God has shown kindness, compassion, patience and forgiveness with you in your life, make that effort to emulate Him and do the same and I am very sure God will move in your heart and the relationships that you have with people.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that we are called to be loved by You and at the same time, we are also called to love people. Father, even in our lives we just want to pray that You continue to do Your work in our hearts, that You would continue to reveal the depths of Your love to us in our walk with You and to see the Father’s heart for what it really is, that we would be able to show agape love to everyone we know, never seeking reciprocation because we are merely sharing what has already been given to us when You called us as Your own. We praise You and thank You because You are all we ever need, may all that we do always glorify Your Holy Name, Lord Jesus. In Your Most Mighty Name I pray, Amen.