10 Dec Perfect Love
1 John 4:19-21
“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen,cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
Have you ever wondered why we do what we do? Why is it that we sacrifice so greatly? Or why is it that in a culture that perpetuates selfish thinking, we are so generous to those who aren’t even of our own blood? Why do we give 10% of our hard earned money as tithing on a Sunday to benefit the church and its ministries? Well, the simple answer is: “Perfect Love”.
There are standards of how we see life. But in the scope of relationships, those things are, quite frankly, insignificant. What matters the most in relationships, is can you learn to love that person and the people around you?
Oftentimes we get angry with people or hurt by people. Truth is, when you’re mad at someone and you have a history of pain, you don’t want to love them or extend grace to them. We need to become a people that walk in a spirit of forgiveness and humble ourselves in every relationship we have. It’s easy to get frustrated with ourselves as believers when we know we are supposed to love but we have a hard time doing that. You are not failing God if you’re honest with yourselves and where you are at. You’re not a bad Christian just because you feel angry with someone or are having a hard time forgiving someone. Constantly pray for a renewal of mind and for Jesus to stand in the gap in which we all fall short.
1 John 4:14-18
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 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 them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 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.”
Fear in relationship will stop you from growing with God. Fear in relationship with people will be a detriment to your intimacy with your relationship with God. Perfect love is not bothered by sin. Perfect love is not intimidated or threatened by other lifestyles.
Pray this today: God, thank you for sending Your one and only Son to die on the cross for my sins and to be an example of a “Perfect Love”. Thank you God for my family, friends, and relationships You’ve placed in my life so that I may disperse Your love to them. Help me see people the way You do and to love the way You love. Thank you for unconditionally loving me. Amen.