“God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:9-11
I never knew how much I could love a person until I became a mother. Giving birth to two children totally changed me. I love every single thing about my two daughters. I love their beautiful faces, sweet smiles, loud laughs, the way one is more quiet and the other is quite loud, the way they play together, the way they joke around with each other, the way they play their favorite sport of soccer, and the way they love Jesus. I truly and deeply love my children.
When I think about the depth of love I have for my children, I think about God’s love for His children. The love I have for my children pales in comparison to the love God has for each one of us. We can look all throughout the Bible and see the amazing love that God had for every single child of His. It all started with Adam and Eve and it continues to all of us today.
I love the fourth chapter of 1 John as it shows us the true character of who God is. God is love. And it tells us how God’s love was shown for us: “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9). God showed us the greatest love ever by sending His Son to die for us. If you don’t love someone you don’t sacrifice your own Son so that every one of your children can live eternally. You just wouldn’t do it. But we know that God loves us because He sent Jesus for us.
It’s from God that we know how to love. God teaches us through His Word how we are to love. It specifically says in 1 John 4:11 that “since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” We are to continue spreading the love of our Father to everyone we meet.
This year in my Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings, we have been learning all about the life of Jesus. From His birth to His death, we are covering story after story from the Gospels. Jesus’ life here on this earth was remarkable. He was fully divine and fully human and He came to this earth not only to die for us, but to be an example for us.
Friends, if you want to know how to love others…look at the life of Jesus. I love the conversations He had with others (my favorite being the woman at the well). I love the way He taught others. I love the stories He shared (take a look at the parables). I love how He showed compassion to others (Matthew 9:36). I love how He wept with others (John 11:35). I love how He did not come to condemn others (John 3:17). I love how He came not to be served, but to serve others (Matthew 20:28). I love how He came to save each and every one of us (John 3:17). I love how He loved others…freely and unconditionally…including teaching us to love our enemies and those who persecute us (Matthew 5:43-44).
We live in a world today where there is so much hatred, fighting, and violence. And this is happening because we are not loving our neighbors as Jesus commanded. Yes, we will not get along with everyone. Yes, we will totally disagree with others and their views and opinions. Yes, we will not see eye to eye with others. Jesus didn’t either. But He chose to love. And that is what we are to do as well.
We need to be showing the love of Jesus to others each and every day of our lives. Let’s follow the perfect example of love God laid out for us. Let’s follow Jesus and truly love one another. Go…and be Jesus to someone today.
Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for loving us despite our flaws and mistakes. We are grateful for a Holy Father who showed us His love by sending His Son to die for us. Thank You for the example Jesus set for us in showing us how to love others. Help us to love unconditionally just as You do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- What can you do to show someone love today?
- How has someone showed you love before?