Love is Contagious

8th-9th August

Weekend Edition

We love each other because He loved us first. …. Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.”

1 John 4:19,21b

Love summarised is this: God loved us, we sinned. He gave Himself up for us because He loved us, we still sinned. He paid our price, when we were sinners. We accept God’s love, and now God looks at what Jesus did for us, rather than what we did wrong. Our position in Him is no longer a ‘sinner’ but a child of God, who is seated with Christ in Heavenly places. Our identity is not that of a ‘sinner’ but that of someone declared free and innocent of all wrong doing. Our debt has been paid, we are free to live without chains. In all of the above, what is there that we did to earn His love…. Actually nothing. Our only role is to accept it.

When we accept God’s love our attitudes change, our desires to want to please Him rather than ourselves change. Moreover, our love for others change. Why? Because we are so content in the love of God, because we know who we are and have accepted His love for us, it changes the way we view others. No longer do we see people we human eyes, but we see people through the eyes of Christ. If God so loved you and gave Himself for you, then God also loves the people you meet daily on the street, at home, at work, at school and even in the roughest parts of your community.

We loved God because He first loved us. We loved others because we are loved. We love ourselves because God does. The root is always God’s love. Our prayer: That we may know more of God’s love. That we would understand it more. Then we would experience it more. That we would live in His love. When we do, our who lives will radically change.

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

7th August

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this show that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.”

1 John 4:18

When we were children and did something wrong, we lived in fear from the consequences of our actions, the wrath and the imminent punishment we would face if we were found out. That awareness of our wrong-doing caused us to fear the imminent punishment that was waiting for us.

Do you carry that same fear into your relationship with God?

John tells us that God’s love for us is so much, that not only did He overcome all sin in His death and resurrection, but overcame all fear. Because we live in God and He lives in us, that fear is expelled by His love. However, the fear that we face comes from not fully understanding God’s love for us. If we know that we are fully forgiven for our sins, then we have no reason to fear God’s wrath.

There is a difference between the Holy Spirit’s conviction and that of human guilt and condemnation that we put on ourselves. The human guilt and condemnation causes us to fear the consequences of our actions. Yet if we are to fully comprehend the love Christ has for us, then we realise that even when we do sin, Jesus’ love is evermore present and His grace is evermore abundant.

Yes sinning is wrong and causes division in our intimacy with Him, but it doesn’t change God’s love for us. It doesn’t change that fact that we were brought at such a high price, with the body and blood of Jesus’ Christ. We are His children. His love doesn’t change for us when we do wrong. It is consistent. It is because of this consistent love that we have no need to fear. We can just pick ourselves up again, lean on His grace and kindness and abide in His love.