His Love Is Made Complete
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 1 John 4:12–13, NIV
When my daughter was three, she had a crisis of faith. “I want to believe in Jesus, but I can’t see Him!” she wailed, with characteristic drama.
I assured her that Jesus existed, and loved her, even though she could not see Him. “He put you in our family, and so when I love you and hug you, that’s Jesus loving you,” I tried to explain. “Jesus loves you through other people, especially your parents!” She looked skeptical.
We’ve been having that conversation (or some form of it) for years. But the cool thing is, now my daughter is seventeen, and she leads a group of three-year-olds in the Sunday school at our church. She’s served faithfully there for several years. She lets Jesus love those kids through her.
I’ve always found this idea somewhat astounding. As I once heard Henry Cloud say, “God uses people. People are God’s plan A. There is no plan B.” In other words, God communicates His truth to people—not with neon lights across the sky, but through the actions and words of other people. It’s how He cares for the poor, how He teaches truth, how He loves three-year-olds, seventeen-year-olds…and forty-year-olds.
This verse says that God’s love is made complete when we love each other. Part of how you love God is by loving others. And we can do that not on our own, but because we have His Spirit in us.
FAITH STEP: Whom do you need to love today, so that they can experience God’s love?
Contributed by Keri Wyatt Kent