" Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." -1 John 4:7-8
Love is a word that is tossed around to easily without truly knowing what love is. We love foods, we love our social network, we love our T.V. shows. We love our relationship we’re in, we love… the list goes on.
Loving these things is okay because I believe there is many levels of love. It’s when we love our material things above anything else that we begin to lose our focus on Jesus. When we can’t go a minute without our phones, our T.V. shows, or other things that pull our attention to this world.
When it comes to loving people, we need to remember the levels too. A person can love spending time with someone else, they can love having conversations with them, they can love each other. But loving someone is different than being in love with someone. Truly knowing the true depth of love takes commitment with someone over years of being together and spending time with them. When you can say with no question, I would rather die than see you hurting or lose you.
We all have someone in our life who is that in love with us. In fact, He did die for us, so we could live. The depth of Jesus’ love for each of us is deeper than any ocean and the more time we spend with Him the more we will learn how real love works. Remember God is love and we must show that Godly love to others. Let’s stop throwing the word love around and really learn the true meaning of love. You love your worldly things so how about we put that love toward something more important, God and our family and make that love above all else.
If you have a few extra minutes, please continue reading what I have discovered in 1 John 4 about how we can truly understand God's love and how we should love.
9 This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. 10 This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, if God loved us that much we also should love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is made perfect in us.
13 We know that we live in God and he lives in us, because he gave us his Spirit.
14 We have seen and can testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God has God living inside, and that person lives in God. 16 And so we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love.
God is love. Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 This is how love is made perfect in us: that we can be without fear on the day God judges us, because in this world we are like him. 18 Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear, so love is not made perfect in the person who fears.
19 We love because God first loved us. 20 If people say, “I love God,” but hate their brothers or sisters, they are liars. Those who do not love their brothers and sisters, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have never seen. 21 And God gave us this command: Those who love God must also love their brothers and sisters.
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