We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:19-21, ESV)
Of course we understand that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” So when we read the portion of 1 John commanding us to love our brothers (and sisters), we can’t toss it out the window. Is it fair that he is ordering us to love the unlovely? Because let’s face it, some of us can truly act unlovable.
The thing is, God is not a bully. He is a good Father who wants the best for His children. Like a surgeon who has to cut deeply to get to the place where the disease is, God is asking us to delve into our hearts and seek out the truth. Do we love Him? If we are completely submitted and have died to self, then we should be controlled by the Holy Spirit and loving others naturally through the transformation that is happening in our heart.
It’s a process. A journey, but it can be a great trip if we are willing to let the Lord do the work He desires to do.
Lord, forgive us for trying to do the impossible with works that only you can do through faith. Help us to love others through your supernatural love.
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