What is love? It’s so hard to tell now a days what love really is. The world’s view of love is all too often distorted from the Love that God commands us to have. We use the word “love” so loosely (oh, I just love so and so’s new “you fill it in”) that it’s lost its meaning. I’m all too guilty of it myself. Love is not merely a word. It’s an ACTION word. I like that song that says, “Love is not a fight, but it’s something worth fighting for…” Too many of us go around saying that we love God, but it’s not displayed in our actions toward others. The following verses (I’m paraphrasing) say that we cannot love God (haven’t seen), if we hate our brother (have seen). There’s no way. We cannot do one without the other. God says that it’s impossible. It’s easy to love someone we like, but do we love the hard to love (the school bully, the irritating co-worker, the homeless man on the street corner, the abusive spouse, etc.) ? Lets ask God to help us love the tough to love. Take action… Go out of your way to show love to someone that you find hard to love!
1 John 4: 16-21
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 him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 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.
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.