For the last several weeks, I have joined Good Morning Girls for a Bible Study walking through I John. This has been a great study, but this week's verses came to life in my heart!
I John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. This was good, but a fact that is well known. God is love and those of His, should love one another. But my study deepened with those words "knows God". To "know God' refers to an intimate knowledge of God rather than just information about Him. Anyone in whom God dwells reflects His character. As we know Him more and more, we will reflect Him more and more in our love for others.
Then the 'why': I John 4:9-10 - In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. This is no ordinary love we are talking about! God chose us...not when we were at our best, but when we had no idea of Him or His love. Jesus was sent into the world that we might have life through Him. WOW! For us???? Who are sinners by nature? He took care of that also. How can we ever repay that love? Oh...keep reading... I John 4:11 - Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
How important is it to love one another? There are times that it can be rather difficult! We all know a special person or two that seems to go against our grain don't we? I John 4:12 - No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. When we love one another, when it is easy and when it takes some determination, we reflect God to those around us. They see Him in our love, in our words, our attitudes and our actions. The more we love, the more He perfects that love in us.
As we enter into Thanksgiving season and we're beginning to count our blessings, may we put the love of God way up on top of the list. Then follow Him and show our love to those around us. What a glorious way to thank Him!