Love. God’s Love. It is a love that is experienced in the true light – the light of Jesus Christ – it shines out brightly into the world – a hurting world. And yet, it is hard for some people to believe in “love” because they have been hurt by it more times than not.
So how would one even begin to explain what the love of God feels like?
Love One Another
The Scripture that we are unfolding today from God’s Word is found in:
1 John 2:7-11 – Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates another brother or sister is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness. (NLT)
Have you been blinded by the darkness?
John is explaining to friends that he is not writing a new commandment. It’s an old commandment – it is indeed a message that they have heard before. It is a commandment of love – love one another. What was different about this commandment?
Jesus lived the truth of this commandment – He came to earth and showed us what true love looks like. What true love sounds like. What true love feels like. And not only that, but they were living it too. They were experiencing that love right now.
We can try to claim that we care about others – that we love others – but if we are living and walking in the darkness – we are not loving others.
And yet we can truly walk into a room of Christian brothers and sisters and see that “Jesus love” in the room. You can see it – hear it – feel it. There is no feeling like that “Jesus love” permeating in a room of true believers living a life like Jesus did.
Rejoice, the darkness is disappearing – it is being shoved back by the true light – the light that has been shining. We can see the difference because it is experienced in the light.
Oh, how we lose our way in the dark. We are blinded and we no longer can treasure our relationships with other believers in this dark and scary place. We must walk out of the darkness and into the light and let that hatred be exposed – then it will become pure love.
Unless we willingly walk out of the darkness and into the light – we will never expose hatred – deceit – lies – lust – jealousy.
Only when we walk into the light of Jesus Christ will we see, know, hear, or feel what pure love can be.
It is time! Time to join hands and walk out of the darkness together -expose the hatred – the deceit – the lust – the lies – the jealousy that hinders us from being like Jesus Christ.
Oh, the love of God that comes and fills the hearts of men – it penetrates our hearts – our souls – our bones. It is never ending. A forever love.
My Song: I woke up with this song on my heart. Arising from a sound sleep and singing a song that God reminds me of His Love over me. I pray it touches your heart and you find healing for your soul today. Always. Always. Always. Through it all, I have learned to trust in God.