Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, 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 propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:7-11)
Love Is Of God
Love is defined more by action than words. God has always told man that He loves him. That became painfully clear when Jesus died on the cross. The Son of God lived a perfect life. As hard as that is to understand, Jesus never did anything wrong. This is not a myth but a reality. What is more difficult to understand is that Jesus of Nazareth was God and He died for man. His love for His Father was so immense He left His place of glory coming to earth to suffer at the hands of what He created. Love is of God because God is love and God’s love is a demonstrated love. To know God is to know what love means. It is impossible to embrace a knowledge of God without grasping a hint of how wonderful the love of God is toward man. The more the love of God permeates the soul the deeper the reality of how great that love is. Love is of God.
The relationship of man to his fellow brother is based upon the understanding of how great the love of God has been demonstrated. Love for one another is not a choice but a command from one who gave His only begotten Son as a sacrifice. We are to be of love because God is of love. Loving one another comes from a character built upon the love God has for us. Did Jesus die for holy and righteous perfected people? The Lord died for sinners, enemies and unrepentant humanity dying in the mire of sin. Did man deserve to die? Yes but the mercy of God saw beyond his plight to save him in grace. Love was demonstrated as undeserved as it was when Jesus pleaded with His Father to forgive those who were killing Him. Are we ready to do that with our brother? Love is of God.
There is a purifying effect when love is the motive in our relationship with brethren. We judge less harshly, less often and find more patience. If God loved us so much to give us His Son then we also ought to love one another. Keeping the commandments of God shows our love for Him and our love for one another unveils a heart measured by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are brethren. Let us love in word and deed so the light of God’s love will shine forth in our kindness to those we share in the heavenly pursuit of righteousness. The reason is simple. God is of love.
The love we give away is the only love we keep. (Elbert Hubbard; 1859-1915; Notebook)