This month one of the big topics that everyone is talking about is love. We are called to love everyone and treat each other as we would want to be treated, but I know that it can be hard to think about love with as difficult as some people can be, and it can be difficult to talk about love if it’s something you don’t have in your life, even for people of faith. Sometimes it sounds like love is supposed to be this perfect cure-all and we should just love everyone, and while both of those are true, it’s a whole lot easier to say than experience some times. As I was thinking about love and the challenge it can be sometimes I read 1 John 4:7:
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
If you’re not sure where you’re going to find the motivation to love someone or if you feel you need to learn how to love, 1 John reminds us to turn to God. God knows how to love the most difficult of us, He’s been loving us for centuries and He loves us in the ways that speak most to us. The Bible is filled with examples of people showing love and of God showing love to people. There are stories of people who are saved from a sorry ending because God showed grace, or because someone loved them and cared enough to go to bat for them.
God’s love is filled with patience, grace, forgiveness, hope, kindness, caring, and gentleness. His love will be as passionate as you are or as persistent as you are or as peaceful as you are. Love doesn’t have to fit into a specific box or description, just like you don’t and your relationship with God doesn’t. Who will you love in your own special way today?