Bible Reading: 1 John 4.18-5.2
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 1 John 4:18-5:2
In these few verses, John is reminding us that Jesus summed up the whole Old Testament by saying, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Then he calls us out by reminding that if we say or act like we hate someone, then we cannot be a follower of Christ. Wow isn’t that a punch in the gut! How many times have we disappointed our heavenly Father by our words or deeds; not to mention our thoughts? If you doubt this applies to you, then think back to this week’s: drive time and the car that cut you off, getting the kids up and to school on time and the child that couldn’t find their school stuff or forgot to tell you… , or the wait in line time behind that slow transaction. Some of these times were not my proudest moments, I wasn’t very loving or Christ centered when I was in a rush and running late.
May we strive to keep Christ in the center of thoughts, words, and deeds. By doing so each day, we will show love not only to God, but our fellow man.
Weekly Memory Verse: By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 1 John 4.2