Thought for the Day #111
John 15:12 (New American Standard Bible)
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
Our entire society is preoccupied with its need for love.
“Love!” We need it, want it, search for it and demand it. Yet, with all of that, we don’t know what it is, how to recognize it, or where to find it. We have difficulty in either giving or receiving it. Few have understanding of what genuine love is all about.
We have defiled the word with careless and thoughtless applications. Love has become a description of our preoccupation with relationships, things and situations. The most common use of the word, “love”, is found in such expressions as: “I love my car, boat, or house”. “Oh, I just love your dress or shoes”. “I loved the party, game, or restaurant,” I “I just love my job, etc. “ This kind of love is very shallow and fleeting. It cannot satisfy the longing within us to love and be loved.
1 John 4:7 declares: “God is love”. He is our only source of genuine love! When we discover His love for us, we can then become a participant in all that love is.
We must understand God’s love for us if we are to experience its blessed work. In John 3:16 He declares that he loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son for us. Jesus, His son, loved us so much that he died for our redemption. God literally bought us back from the law of sin and death through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Those who are redeemed walk in that wonderful, passionate love of God as the “Son’s of God” in His kingdom.
We will find perfect love in our Heavenly Father. He is the only source of genuine love.
His love within us enables us to keep his commandment. We can love each other as he loves us. We must be filled with His love. It is simply extended unto others within his Kingdom through us. We are a vessel or channel through which His love can flow.
God’s love includes acceptance, appreciation, forgiveness and genuine care for others even if they don’t deserve it. His love stretches us to go beyond what might seem reasonable. It might require us to go the “second mile”. It causes us to be more willing to serve, than to be served.
Our marriages, children, friendships, even a casual relationship will never be complete until we let His love flow through us. Enjoy total satisfaction and fulfillment as a conduit for the love of God. As His love flows in, let it flow out to others. Each will be blessed.
We really do reap what we sow. If we sow the seeds of love, we will reap the harvest of love. The return is always greater than the investment. Let us keep His commandment by loving others as he loves us!