1 John 4:11-12
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
I happened across these verses in our Sunday Bible study recently. These words brought a new light to the meaning of “God’s love” to me. It is up to us to show the Lord’s love. We do that mainly by the way we live. If you tell the average unbeliever that “God loves you” he will typically say “Oh yeah? That and a buck and a quarter will get me a cup of coffee.” In other words he is unimpressed with this phrase that is loosely thrown around by so many Christians. Without actions those words simply have no meaning to many. By reflecting God’s perfect love through our actions we are putting meaning to them for even the most stubborn unbeliever.
While I truly believe that God has agape love for all of his creation many people can go through their entire lives and not realize that fact. God just doesn’t come down to each of us in a material way in order to convince us of his love. He just doesn’t work that way. Instead he depends on his family of believers to demonstrate his love for him in this way. If we don’t do it then many will simply miss this important message.
So, let’s all attempt to show God’s love in our lives every single day. If His light shines in us it will reflect on others and they WILL learn that “God loves them”.