“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
Yesterday, we established that the primary context of God’s love is expressed in His salvation plan in Christ Jesus. We can perceive that God loves us because of what He did for us in Christ. When doubts come, we can point to what Christ did for us on the cross and rest assured in God’s love for us.
However, as we will see in the some of the verses we studied yesterday, this knowledge also bestows on us the responsibility of sharing that same love with others. The same way we can perceive God’s love in his sacrifice for us, others should also be able to perceive our love in the sacrifices we make for them.
1Jn 3:16 says: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” The revelation of the Love of God is discerned in our love for the brethren. Grace received is discerned when grace is extended. A man that does not love his neighbour has not truly found God.
John reiterates this clearly in 1Jn 4:7,8: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” What a bold statement to make. The person who does not love his neighbour has not truly found God. When you understand and accept God’s love for you even when you did not deserve it, it becomes impossible not to extend that same grace to others.
Continuing along those lines, the bible says in 1Jn 4:16: “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”
‘As he is, so are we in this world.’ You must have heard that phrase time and time again. You must have confessed it to yourself so you can be stirred up in your charismatic ministry. But the context is love. You can love like God. Renew your mind in line with what you’ve learned today and let it guide your actions.