04 Dec 2018
Love with God’s Love
I would like us to consider some verses from 1 John 4:20-21 today. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, focuses on genuine love. He writes:
“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.”
I cannot read these verses without remembering an experience I had in church some years ago. An older guy also used to attend. He did church his way and did not attempt to join in with the service. At first I was irritated, then over time I got really annoyed. It got to the stage where I started to think, “I don’t want to go to church if he is there.”
Thankfully, the Holy Spirit used these verses about loving my brother to convict me. I asked God to forgive me for allowing this feeling to fester without bringing it to Him. I asked God to fill me with His love; not just for this man, but for all our church members.
I had such a love for him when I saw him on the Sunday that he knew I had changed, though I never said anything. We became friends and he invited me to his home and showed me his hobby, constructing ships in bottles. They were absolutely beautiful. I learnt it is only with God’s love that we will reach out to those on the fringes. Our human love will never be enough.
Pause and reflect: “Lord, help me to take the time every day to wait on You for Your love, purpose and direction. Help me to make a difference today. Amen.”