To Love, to Be Loved
17-18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
19 We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.
20-21 If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
When you get to know me, you will find that my heart’s desire is to love. I’m the loving type of person that can be a little too much for some people. If you ever met me before you will know that you will not just get a hand shake from me or just a fist bump, but you will get a hug too. I was taught at an early age how to love and how to show love for others, no matter what they have done to me. I have shown love to people who have been ugly to me and those who have wronged me. When I look at Jesus and his way to the cross, they pull out his beard from his face, they beat him till he bled, they pulled his hair. In all, they literally abused Jesus in the worst of ways and that was his journey to the cross. Then on the cross he was nailed to the tree, a huge stake in each hand and one in both of his feet. Then to top it all off they pierced his side with a spear. So he was bleeding from all over. YET! From that cross he loved all of those who were harming him, but yet he Loved. “God is Love”, sometimes I get so angry when I’m accused of something I have not done, or angry when I have been wronged, also angry when my enemy has come down on me. But in my Journey with God, I know how to love. You see there is nothing we should fear, nothing that will ever take us away from God. If we cant love each other and say we love God, then as the scripture says, “We are LIARS”, therefore God does not live in us”. Sometimes when things happen to me I stay quiet, allowing all to happen around me, I have learned that if i remain in God, he will remain in me. John 15:5. Today i want to love just like Jesus loved. Even though all this was happening to him, he always loved and had his mind on us all the way to the cross.
Pray : Lord I pray that what ever I face today or any day, I know I should not fear. You are my greatest example, that you fill my heart with love. Because God you are love and in you, there is hope. Amen.