“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1 John 4:20 (KJV)
Yesterday, I started out challenging you to let the love of God in you flow. It is so easy to say “I love you” but beyond the words are the actions.
Look at the scripture for today; please read it again and again. God did not say you should love yourself; because He knows that some people may not love themselves. He laid the example for you. The love of God is not love because of; it is love in spite God. God is calling the church to be different. In the world, you have a lot of hypocrisy, but that should not be in the church. In the world, you are constantly watching your back because you don’t know what the next person is about to do. But that should not be the case in the church. God expects us to reach out one to another in love. When Jesus came, He walk the earth as a perfect example for us to follow.
The Apostle John in our word for today is querying your profession of love for God if you cannot love your neighbour. Don’t be a hypocrite that chants the love for God but cannot tolerate his brother or sister. No! The proof of our discipleship is in our love for each other. Jesus said, by this shall men know that you are My disciples when you have love one for another (John 13:35).
Today, I am calling you to love. Love the unlovable. Where you cannot seem to love, take it to God in prayer. You remember I challenged you before to take everything to God in prayer. So, take this to God. Be sincere. Ask God for the grace to love and you will see a change in your disposition towards the brother or sister. Love also covers a multitude of sin. Therefore, when love flows, the behaviour you think you cannot tolerate becomes insignificant to you.
Further Reading: John 13:33-35; 1 John 4:16-21
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Joel 1; Evening- Revelation 5