The GREAT love of Christ.
I have been reading 1 John lately and I am overwhelmed by the great love of Christ. We cannot comprehend His love; no matter how hard we try to wrap our mind around it, we will never fully understand.
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion- How can God’s love be in that person?”
REAL love is an action, not a feeling. It produces selfless, sacrificial giving. The greatest act of love is giving oneself for others; it is sacrifice. We must put others needs and desires above our own. You may ask, “How do we give up our lives for others?” It all begins with helping those in need.
“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us and His love is brought to full expression within us.” -1 John 4:12
I know that for myself, I want others to know me by my love. I want to love others just as Christ loves me. I want to passionately meet the needs of others. When we love others, the invisible God reveals himself to others through us, and His love is made complete. Isn’t that incredible to know that God is making is love complete through us?
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. We love each other because He loved us first. ” – 1 John 4:18
God’s love is perfect and will quiet your fears and give you confidence. We know that He loves us perfectly (Romans 8:38, 39). We can resolve all of our fears by first focusing on this perfect love for us and then allowing him to love others through us. God’s love is the source of all human love and it spreads like fire. In loving His children, God kindles a flame in our hearts, in turn we love others who are warmed by the love of Christ through us. What a love!