Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 john 4:7 ESV
John cuts right to the chase on this one when he says “whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Simply put, if we “know” God we will love. Not a sappy kind of love, but a deep love like God has for us and is shown through Jesus. We need to have a Christ like love, because if we know the Son we know the Father.
We must look to Jesus for the example of how we are to love. Jesus loved everyone He came in contact with, pharisee, sadducee, prostitute, rich or poor it didn't matter to Him. He didn't agree with everything they did or were, but He loved them. When we read the gospel accounts we see Jesus reaching out to everyone around Him. No one was off limits to Him.
It was His mission to show God's love to the “world”. The world is full all sorts of people. He did show love for His people first, He went to the Jews first with His message. But, He didn't stop there He took His message to everyone and taught His disciples to do the same.
So today, let us start with our people first “the church” and move outward and bring the message of God's love to everyone. Let's resolve that no one is off limits for God's love. At some point in the past someone showed God's love to us and we have come to Him because of it. Let us go and do likewise. Let's show people we know God!
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman