Loving Others

I was reading in 1 John and I want to share this verse and my thoughts here. 1 John 4:7-12 (NLT) “ Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.  Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

These verses are so beautifully written. God has called us to love each other. We have been called to love the unlovable in people. I have realized now more than ever, that love is not always about receiving. We receive God’s love, yes, and from that we have been called to love each other. So many times, I would catch myself, loving in order to be loved. However, God has called us to love our enemies, people that despise us. We can’t receive love from people who hate us, and that is the point. God loves us so much and he wants us to show others that same love that he has given to us, even our enemies.  

When I went to Myanmar, I was blown away by the love that the kids had for me. I had never experienced so much love before. They didn’t love me because I had something they wanted, or because I could make something happen, for them. No, they loved me because that is what we were called to do. They loved me because it is their nature to. This is the love I want to pour out on other people. I just want to love someone simply for who they are. These kids who had absolutely nothing, and were loving me with everything they had. They would fight over who could love, and serve me better. How beautiful is that? What if we loved people that much? What does that look like? How do we love with such intensity and fierceness? The greatest representation of this love, of course, is Jesus. He loved/loves/will love the best.  He is our greatest example of how to love people. He sought out people who were different from him and people who challenged his way of thinking. He sought out the people that society claimed “worthless”. Jesus didn’t pick and choose who he loved, he loved everyone and his love for them changed their lives. 

Also, if you didn’t know this, Jesus loves you so incredibly, perfectly, fiercely, and fully. YOU are HIS child, and he loves every part of you. You are a treasure, and he delights in you.