Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the everlasting name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4: 7-8)
John is sometimes referred to as the expert on love. There are actually 3 reasons given in v.7-8 why we should love.
Love is from God. The end of v. 8 says that God is love. So, love is the very character of God, and it is going to come from Him. Just like when you have fire, you have heat; when you have the sun, you have light. Love is part of God’s nature. You can’t separate it from who He is. Love is evidence that a person is born of God. It makes sense—if you have God dwelling in you and love is from God, then you should be loving. God has regenerated your heart, taken that dead, fleshly heart and made it alive.
Love demonstrates that you know God. Whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Love takes it beyond just knowing about God. When you have been born again, then you have an intimate, personal connection with God. You know him.
So, love is from God and you should reflect that love since you’ve been born of God. It shouldn’t be inseparable from who you are.
Let us pray together for the healing of the wounded world. Let us be an example of love to our fellow beings.
Yours in His service
Rev. Aji John