“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7
The issue of love for the believer is not optional; God demands that we not only love one another, but that we show His love to the dying world. As believers, we are not the salt of the church, but the salt of the earth and the light of the world. If you can only show love to your friends and your inner circle, wherein is the love of God?
Remember, the love of God you are enjoying today is not earned. You did nothing to deserve it. He loved you while you were totally unlovable, you practically spat on His face, yet He loved you enough to die for you. Why then are you waiting for others to earn your love before you can reach out to them?
Beloved, the scripture for today makes it clear that love is of God and for you to claim you have God, or you are born of God, then love must be natural to you just as it is to God. The love of God is not the love that reaches out to you because you have earned it; it is love that reaches out despite your errors and shortcomings. Yes, you were unlovable, but He chose to love you and has called you as His ambassador to the world. Who have you shown His love to? Throughout this year, who is in the church today because of you?
It is so easy to profess love. Many believers are simply professors; but God does not want you to profess love, He wants His love to radiate through you. He wants you to reach out to those around you in love. You may not be able to give money, but you can give a smile, you can give a word of encouragement, you can give moral and physical support. Love is not just a function of words, actions they say, speak louder than words. The world is watching and waiting to see Jesus in you; will you deny them?
Further Reading: 1 John 4:7-12
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Hosea 12-14; Evening- Revelation 4