Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8 ESV
What a charge this verse is, if we fail to show love. If we don't love, we don't know God! If we claim to be a Christian that means we claim to know Jesus, if we claim to know Jesus, we claim to know God. Think about what Jesus said in John 14:7 “If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." We as Christians must love, because God is love.
Verses like this are cause for soul searching and self-examination. We have to ask ourselves if we are loving as God has loved us? Are we living Christ-like? Are we living what we have learned from Jesus?
Think of a police officer, they are taught to protect, serve and enforce the law. We would not expect or accept anything less in their conduct as a police officer. Their uniform tells us that they are to conduct themselves in a certain way. Do Christians wear uniforms? No not one made of cloth, but one that is made of love. When we present ourselves as Christians, we must be in uniform. We must be clothed in love.
As Christians we are claiming to know God. It must show in our conduct. If God is love, we are to be love because we are His.
So today, let's put on the uniform God has given us. Let's love as we have been loved. Let's show the world we know God.
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman