He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
This month of the year a lot of emphasis is put on our love for our significant other–whether you are newly in love, and everything is new and exciting, or if you have been in love for years and just being together is everything to you. As much as we love our family or someone special in your life, that love could never compare to the love that God has for us. He sent His son to die just so we could be with him for eternity. Also the love that Christ had for us to leave heaven and His position by the father just to become a servant who would be ridiculed and beaten and killed is so amazing.
So when John tells us here to love one another for love is of God, are we really comprehending this love? If we love others the way God loved us we would never argue, get bitter, be mad, or any of these things. Can you imagine how smoothly things would go? When Christ walked on this earth he was not confrontational or looking to fight for a cause; no, he was seeking the unsaved, preaching the truth and sharing the love of God.
This love could not be portrayed any better than by the “Good Samaritan” in Luke 10 when a total stranger not only helped but went above and beyond for someone he didn’t even know. I pray that we all could have that kind of love not just for those closest to us but for those we do not know that need to see not our love but God’s love to bring them to the Savior who is love.