February 21, 2021
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. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
Yesterday, we read a passage from James telling us that wisdom from God seeks peace and understanding. Today, John tells us that love comes from God as well. So what do we mean when we tell someone we love them? How do we love each other? Whatever definition we may use for love, it isn’t easy. Godly love is sacrificial love, modelled for us by Christ’s death on the cross. We must be willing to drink the cup that Jesus drank, to submit ourselves in the same way.
As Pastor Paul and Jess said, it is only by walking habitually with the Holy Spirit and paying attention to the needs of others that we, with God’s help, can obey the greatest commandment to love one another.