Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
1 John 4:11 NLT
Christmas reminds us God loved us so much that He gave His only Son to die for us. Because we have received this kind of love, we are to be givers of this love. But what does that mean?
The biblical concept of love is not love as a feeling or emotion. Love in the Bible is always an action—something I do base on a choice I make. I love people when I seek the well-being of others. When I serve others, I am showing them love.
The Bible talks about loving even my enemies, not just the people that love me. This command takes a great understanding of God’s love for us. God chose to love us when we were not very lovable. When we were rebellious, selfish, and full of pride, He loved us.
When we understand how much God has loved us, we can begin to release that same love to those that may seem undeserving of love around us. Something amazing happens when we begin to love others—we seem to find more of God’s love for us. When we give love, we receive more love—at least we get a better understanding of God’s love for us. (I don’t think God can love us more, but we can become more aware of how much He loves us.)
If we want to transform our world—it will start with learning to love others the way God has loved us. Hate, jealously, prejudice, envy, pride, and selfishness will always destroy love. But love can conquer all.
Holy Spirit, please help me learn to love at a greater level than ever before. Help me to be a channel of God’s love in my world.
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