May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
1 John 4:7-21 makes sure that the dominant theme of the preceding chapters on God’s love is affirmed as the basic Christian message. In this passage, the mutuality of love is emphasized. We know God’s love comes first, but we should also realize that God’s love ought to be witnessed in love for one another. The two cannot be separated. God’s love for us is completed only when that love is lived out in relationship with others. Brian Peterson writes, “There are ways in which singing ‘Jesus loves me, this I know’ can become heretical in its self-focus. God’s love reaches its intended goal only when it creates a community of continuing love, when it becomes ‘God’s love among us.'” We can only distinguish God’s love from our love for each other, but never separate it. Will others be able to recognize God’s love in relationship with you and I today?