Is love something we feel or something we do? Of course, the answer is both.
As believers, we’ve been given a deeper understanding of love’s nature. First and foremost, we know that love is from God; it exists because He exists.
We also experience His love both through receiving it and then through discovering a new desire—and capacity—for loving others.
How are the sons and daughters of God to love? Are we obliged to love each other in ways those outside of Christ cannot?
Think on three dynamics of love from God and the manner in which one leads to the next:
- Love is alive; it revives us.
- Love grows; it changes us.
- Love acts; it compels us.
By His love we have been brought to life.
In His love we are changing from people of the flesh to people of the Spirit.
Through His love we are moved to serve and sacrifice for others.
We will never be the same, because God loves us.
What is His love compelling you to do for someone today? If you don’t know, ask Him.
“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.”
(1 John 4:9–11 NLT)