Selwyn starts today’s study with: “We stay with the issue we raised yesterday, namely how an unloved person can become a loving person when awakened by God’s love.”
In the study, he tells us about a psychologist, who because of physical abuse suffered as a child, found it difficult to express love.
The psychologist’s story continued, as follows: ” … one day I found Christ – or rather He found me – as I knelt at the cross, seeing how much I was loved, the scales fell from my eyes and my own love flamed in response. I found love for God and a love for others rising inside me in a way that I had never known or felt before.”
I too, can testify to the fact, that before my conversion I was unable to truly love other people. Yet, from the very moment when I received God’s love into my life – I was able to ‘see’ other people in the light of His love. The difference between before and after my re-birth, was as great as the difference between night and day – God enabled me to have relationships with people which were not based on what I could get out of the relationship but what I could put into it, through the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible verses set for today’s reading and meditation; often cause me to pause and dwell on the amazing gift that God has given to His children – in addition to saving us from death; He has given us the ability to love, as He does. It’s a gift that should never be left unwrapped and not used – it should be opened and lavishly used every day – because, the more we use, the more we are given!
I pray that these verses (1 John 4:7-21, NLT), inspire you as well: “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. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
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.
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. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 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.
If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.”
These are really, amazing words – I think, the challenge for us, is to live – fully trusting in their meaning – every single day; don’t you agree?