by Jamie Miller, Director of Christian Ed.
For Love is of God……………….
We sing a few sacred hymns with our son, Finn, every night before his bedtime as an evening ritual. At the end of a long day, it is a time that I truly treasure. It’s a time to be still. A time for reflection on our day. A time to love. One of the hymns that we sing comes from 1 John 4:7-8. It goes like this:
“Beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God and everything that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God. For God is love. Beloved, let us love one another.”
What truths are within this one song? We always hear that we love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) His love is the truth that transcends all. His love conquered all. As we are still in these great 50 days of Easter, this is ever present in the sacrifice that He made for us on the cross.
This truth brings comfort and demands action from us in the form of loving one another. How easy is it to “Love thy Neighbor, as our self”? Hard. Really, really hard. We try and we try, but we all fail at times. We snap at each for the littlest of things. We are impatient as we drive in the constant road construction that surrounds us. We fall short over and over again. We forget that simple truth of love and grace. We neglect to show others the grace that God shows us every single day. Why? Why are we so selfish and yet so desire to be loved by one another?
If we are born of God, and know God, shouldn’t that love come without hardship? This is where the truth rings out loud and clear. Jesus answered “…For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:37) Are we listening to His voice? Are we following that voice in the darkness?
That transcendental truth is that we can’t possibly imagine being loved so immensely that one would die for us or even number the hairs on our head. (Luke 12:7) His love exists above and independently from our love. There is no one else or thing that can match His love. God is love. His love lasts eternally. No one else can match that. This alone should cause us to bow down to Him and bask in this truth.
So, if we are of God and know God, we should love one another. God lives in us, and his love is perfect in us (1 John 4:12). Allow this truth to sink in; Jesus is that perfect truth. Seek Him; and loving thy neighbor will come naturally. May we be transcended by His love, grace and truth.
Beloved, let us love one another.