God is Love…

22 October 2020, 2:34PM

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“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 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. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”(1 John 4:7-12)

In the Book of Acts, we see the Disciples sent out by Jesus to build the Church, proclaiming the Good News, and teaching about new life through Christ. The Disciples did this over the remaining decades of their life, establishing churches throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean area. The Apostle John, who wrote the Gospel of John, has devoted his life to service to Christ and growing his Church. Now an old man, John writes to believers to encourage and teach them. He is likely towards the end of his life, writing around 60 years after Jesus’ ascension. And what is the message that he writes? Of all the theological topics, or wisdom he has gained that he could pass on to the next generation, what does he write about? He writes of love.

John writes that it is by loving that we truly understand and know who God is, because God is love. Not simply that God is loving, or that God loves, or even that God is lovely, but that God in factislove. To truly understand who God is,we need to show love, and to love truly we need to know God.

And how does God show us this love? Through his Son Jesus Christ. By sending Jesus into the world to die in our place, by sacrificing his beloved one and only Son, God gave everything for us. God’s love held nothing back, he gave up everything for you and me, even when we徱’tdeserve it. This is the love that God showed, and if he loved us this way, thensurely,wecanlove those around us too! We also are to love sacrificially and without thought of reward. What a calling and challenge this is!

It is a challenge that calls us to reflect on our own lives, our ownrelationshipsand our own attitudes towardsothers. To love with no strings attached. To love even when it is hard,costlyand painful. To love the person who frustrates you, to love the people who you disagree with, to love those whoDz’teven appreciate your love. It is hard. It is tiring. It is challenging. But it we love one another, if we show the same love to ourneighbours, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Loving someoneDZ’tmean always liking what they do or say or agreeing with them or approving of everything. But it is seeing that person as a wonderful creation of God who is valuable, and valuable so much that Jesus died for them.

So,let us look each day to find some way to love. Developing good habits takes time, but they only get stronger the more we do them. Let us love daily because God is love and if we also love then we know him and are saved for eternity by him. Amen!

MrPatrick Fabian

Director of Faith & Ministry