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Thursday Thoughts: Making God’s Love Visible

on October 31, 2013

sidewalk_heart_200291Last week, I posted about what it truly means to fellowship. Our Ladies Bible Fellowship closed with taking a look at God’s love. If true fellowship means being united with God and other believers, because God loved us enough to wash us with Christ’s blood, then the following is true:

  • Because God loves us, we should love each other.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God (1 John 4:7a).

  •  Whoever loves others can only love because they have been first loved by God.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:7-8).

  • God loved us in such a way that he sent his Son so that when God looks at us, He sees Jesus. Jesus took God’s wrath on himself, so that we have NONE of God’s wrath.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:9-10).

  •  Because God loves us, we ought to love each other. Remember to what extent God loved us (He sent his son to die for us); to this extent we should love! This is not love only as it is convenient for me!!

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11).

  • Why do we need to love each other? No one sees God. But they can see God’s love through us. Believers have the opportunity to make the invisible God “visible” through loving others with the love that God has loved them with!

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us (1 John 4:12).

I concluded with an illustration that helped us better understand this truth:  If I were to stare from my window at a completely empty parking lot free of leaves, dirt, paper, etc., and someone told me that the wind is blowing, I wouldn’t really be able to tell. Wind is invisible. But as I stare out my window at the tree that the wind is blowing, I see the branches moving, the leaves shivering, and some leaves falling to the ground. Similarly, if we tell people God is love. . . ok, but how do they see that God is love? How do they see the “wind blowing”? They see God’s love through our love for each other!

{On Thursdays, I share some thoughts about what God is teaching me in my various roles as a Christian, a woman, a wife, a mother, and a pastor’s wife.}

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