Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. I John 4.7-9
God is love. The initiative to love comes from God. He took the first step to make possible the renewing of my relationship with him. He sent Jesus, his one and only son, out of heaven, into the world. He sacrificed him upon the cross. Why? So that you and I might have hope of a renewed walk with God. The fact that I am alive spiritually through the blood of Christ shows the love of God in me. Now what do I do with that love that is shown in me? I love other Christians, not in the way the world defines love as an emotion. But in the way that God shows love, by action. If God is my father and I am like him, then I will show my love by action. To those who do not know him, I will teach them the good news about love with love. Just as God took the initiative to show love to me, I must take the initiative to show love to others, especially those who do not know him.