1 John 4:7-12
God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,
and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us
and his love is perfected in us.
God is love, but what is love? We live in a broken world and many people have a confused view of love. To some people, love can be very distorted. A husband
who says he loves his wife, yet he beats her. A wife who says she loves her husband, yet is cheating on him (hey, it is a 2 way street!).What about a spouse who continually brings up past transgressions, yet says that he/she has forgiven the spouse?
In today’s world, love and pain seem to go hand in hand, but that is a far cry of the biblical view of love. The Bible states in 1 Cor. 13:4-8: “4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It
does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.”
We would do well to read this passage every morning to start the day off. We would still fall short. There is only one perfect love, and that is the love that God has for you. I guess you could say that pain fits into this perfect love, because
he allowed himself to be nailed to the cross for your sins. He did this out of love for you. He forgives you and will remember your sins no more. In His Kingdom, there is no pain or sorrow. If he loves us and forgives us of all our
sins (even the ones you do not share), why do we have problems loving one another? I think the key to loving others and forgiving others is to remember that he forgives you and loves you! 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one
another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. I pray: Lord, me to understand true love and to love my enemies and my neighbors. I give thanks that you abide in me, Lord
help me to abide in you. Thank you for your forgiveness and forgetfulness, help me to forgive and forget. I look forward to the day when you bring me home and I see you face to face. Amen!