Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us and his love is perfected in us. I John 4.10-12
Have you ever thought about how we know to do things? Not many things, if any, are innate. Something that is there without me having to develop it. Breathing is perhaps one thing. But, even that at times can be compromised by stress so that it is not done properly. Why do we think that love is any different? Our natural tendency is to think about number 1, ourselves. We want what we want, except we want it yesterday. We have to be taught how to love. Who better to show us that than our creator? He loved us first by sending Jesus. He reached out with his love. I have never seen God, at least, not with my eyes. But if I look to his example, I will reach out to my fellow Christians to love them, to serve them. John says that God resides in us when this happens and that his love is complete in us. In John 13.35 we read that this is the way that people will know that we are his disciples, when we love one another. Let’s follow his example!