Updated: Sep 14, 2019
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."
"Love makes the world go around" and yet this world is a mess. There are so many hurting people that we can sometimes struggle to think how we can make a difference. And yet we are called to love one another that the world might know God. How can we love others enough?
Live loved. Live as if we believe that we are cherished and adored by God. When we live loved, we can love others from the love we have received. As it says in John 15:12: “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you."
Love deeply. When we live loved, we can forgive others as we have been forgiven and love deeply. 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."
Love is fearless. When we are free to love others because of the radical acceptance of Jesus, we have no more fear. Perfect love casts out all fear, as 1 John 4:16-18 says:
"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."
Pastor John's challenge this past Sunday is such a sweet reminder that our God, Who is love, is well able to help us to love like He did. The Agape love God has for us that He wants us to live out is unconditional. It is sincere. It is devoted to one another and honoring one another above ourselves. This kind of love could make the world go around and draw everyone who witnesses it nearer to God.
May God help us to all live loved and to love well for His glory. Need encouragement to walk in this freedom we have in Christ? Read this blog post, "Fighting to Be Free from Our Struggles". And speaking of freedom, come on out to the Night of Worship, Sunday night, 7-21-19 at 7pm, where the focus of our worship is praising the One Who set us free from fear.
I can't wait until Pastor John unpacks "Trust" in his sermon tomorrow. See ya then!