God’s love for us is not determined by what we ought to do but by who we are. We are His creation and He loves us with His everlasting love. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to redeem us. Our Heavenly Father’s love is not marked by what He can give us but who He is to us. His greatest sign of love is His presence with us everyday. Our response to this love is by delighting in His presence by listening to Him through His Word and talking to Him through prayer.
A culture of love is what it would take for us to shine for Jesus in this world. The way to foster love within the Body of Christ can only be done through believers engaging in the living and abiding Word of Christ.
Our vertical love for God must transform our horizontal love for others. Christ demonstrated His love toward His disciples by dying for them, serving them, caring for them, forgiving and investing in them. As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same to one another in Christ.
God loves us and therefore we must love one another. John gave us three important reasons to love one another: 1) Theological 2) Reciprocal 3) Practical. While loving others can sometimes feel like losing, in reality, loving others demonstrates for us that we have received the Holy Spirit and we can have confidence in the Final
The Golden Rule tells us to do to others as you want others