By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
-1 John 4:10
The church is often criticized for hypocrisy, for not loving others, when in fact those hypocrites and non-loving people are not actually Christians; they are pretenders. In truth, the most defining rule for what it means to be a Christian means to love.
There are incredible ramifications from knowing that God is love and whoever loves others knows God. It’s just incredible.
This simply means that anyone who loves God and loves his or her neighbor is obeying the law perfectly. Jesus actually says that multiple times. He says, “Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself, for this sums up the law in the prophets.” Later he says, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you,” essentially love them. He says it again, that “Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God, and whoever lives in love, lives in God and God in them.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, I only desire to live in you, to live in your love and then share it with others. Amen.
Reflection: How do you live in God’s love?