Doing This Will Fill You with Joy (Valentine’s Day Love Post #3)
You could be the worst person bound for hell, and God still loves you. That’s one of the many things about God that amazes me. His love for me is not based on how I behave, but it’s based on His character. Simply, but profoundly put, God is love.
And 1 John 4:11 gives a strong and seemingly impossible instruction: “if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (The if in this sentence is actually since.)
Love each other the same way God loves us?
Imagine Jesus walking with His disciples during the night. They just left the upper room where they had “the last supper.” Jesus is about to be arrested and crucified. His last words spoken to His friends center on this topic: loving one another.
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends,” He told them.
“They will know You’re my disciples if you love one another.”
“As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love.”
It was as if Jesus was saying, “Guys, if you don’t remember anything else I’ve said or done, remember this: just love each other.”
And John 15:11 is one I really like. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
It’s like a bucket of liquid gold. One more drop and the bucket overflows. Loving one another fills our bucket full of joy.
Love equals joy. Full, abundant joy. And not only is doing this possible, but probable. Christ lives in us and loves through us.
When we surrender our pride and love one another, He is most glorified.
Love to glorify the Father, because He loves to fill you with His joy!
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