The world looks for ways to define God’s love, often seeking measures to apply it to our understanding. But, it is written in scripture how God defines His love for us and how we must faithfully respond to it with obedience and with care (1 John 3:1-24; 1 John 4:4-21).
Walking in the Spirit of truth and in obedience allows us to experience the true nature of God’s love for us. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” – 1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV.
The eyes of the Lord are upon us, and it is His desire that we love one another – just as He has given His love for us. This is a teaching kind of love – one that shows us, then compels us to give what has been given to us. This kind of love causes our eyes to be clear and cautions us from carrying out sin against God and against one another.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth,” – 1 John 3:16-18 NIV.
How do we return to living a life made complete with God’s love? First, accept God’s perfect love which fills us with the undeniable truth of His presence. Second, reciprocate it. When we do these things, we honor God by living a life filled with the Spirit of Truth and Christ who lives within us.
Let your actions be done in the love of God, and set your heart at rest in His presence.
– Kaye Howard