The commandment of Jesus in John 13:34 is to love one another. When we are raised with Christ to new life, the image of new life is understood in love. This week we’ll be exploring different places in Scripture where true love is displayed.
1 John 4.7-12 (NRSV)
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so 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 atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Monday, May 20, 2019
We should pay close attention to the final verse of this passage. When we live a life of love toward one another, the invisible God is made visible within us. The love of God is constantly pouring out from God to us, but it also is the description of our lives together. When I can describe my relationship with the other as loving, it is actually the Spirit of God that lives within us and between us. Today, consider a relationship in your life that you cannot describe as loving. Today, consider what it would look like to move that relationship one step closer to the love of God.