and Our Call to Love One Another
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.1 John 4:7-8
1 John 4:7-8 is a powerful reminder of the importance of love in our lives. The passage emphasizes that love is from God, and those who love have been born of God and know God. On the other hand, those who do not love do not know God, because God is love.
It is interesting to note that the Greek word used for love in this passage is “agape,” which is a selfless and unconditional love that seeks the well-being of others. Agape love is the love that God has for us, and it is the love that we are called to show to others.
The passage also reminds us that loving one another is the ground of brotherly love.
This means that we are called to love not just those who are easy to love, but also those who are difficult to love. It is easy to love those who are kind to us and treat us well, but it is much harder to love those who hurt us, offend us, or mistreat us.
As Christians, we are called to love everyone, even our enemies.
This does not mean that we have to like everyone or agree with everything they do, but it does mean that we are called to show them kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.
So, what does love look like in our daily walk? For me, it means putting others before myself and seeking to meet their needs before my own. It means being patient with others, even when they frustrate me or let me down. It means forgiving others, even when they have hurt me deeply.
Love also means being willing to serve others, even when it is inconvenient or uncomfortable. It means being generous with my time, resources, and talents, and using them to bless others. It means being a good listener and showing empathy and understanding to those who are hurting or struggling.
In our daily lives, we encounter many people who are in need of love and kindness.
They may be our family members, friends, co-workers, or strangers we meet on the street. It is up to us to show them the love of God through our words and actions.
As we go about our day, let us remember that we are called to be ambassadors of Christ’s love. Let us strive to love others as God loves us, with a selfless and unconditional love that seeks the well-being of others. May our love for others be a shining light in a world that so desperately needs it