Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. – 1 John 4:11-12 (NLT)
So often when someone speaks of love, other Christians tend not to pay as close attention as they might when covering other subjects. Why is that? Do we think the topic too simple — or perhaps that it is an area of our lives that we have covered well enough?
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:7-8 (NLT)
I looked through various Study Bible notes and can’t really find anything more to add to what is already written in God’s Word. Here’s what I know: I can and do fall short quite often in the area of loving other people. I am thankful to God that He never falls short in His love for me! I am better at it as time goes on, solely the work of the Holy Spirit within me accomplishing any growth. It is a slow process leaving the carnal man behind and marching down the road of union with my Lord. If we as Christians will all strive for a more perfect union with Christ, can you imagine how much better this fallen world would be?
I need to remember on a daily basis not to hide the light.