John 3:16. Just about anyone knows what verse John 3:16 says, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
It is famous. It speaks of God’s desire to redeem us. But it also lays out a condition. For us to have that eternal life, we need to believe in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. And when I say believe, I mean a heartfelt acceptance of Him as your personal Savior and Lord. It isn’t just a head knowledge. But if and when we come to that, when we understand that amazing live and respond to it, we are expected to, as Christians, also love one another.
A less well known verse from 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 reminds us that unless we love others, we really have nothing. Paul said as much. He made it clear that we can point to this, that, and everything else in our lives but if we had not love for others, we are nothing.
Unfortunately many Christians forget that. It is easy to love others if they fit our mold or love us or by their appearance and agreeing with us seem to be lock step with us. But when people disappoint us, ir differ from us or our views or change, then things get dicey.
Jesus could die for those who were even His enemies but asks us to love like that and well, good luck. But divine love generated by the Holy Spirit in us calls us to love just like that.
The first fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 is love. If we are willing to not always just love out of our own self interest and rather to submit to God’s leadership in our life, we are going to love everyone. We should exhibit that love in our marriages, our families, and to everyone around us. God expects that of us. Hear me... He expects that if us.
Our world now is in need desperately of a message of hope and help. And when we are in the presence of others, they should know that we love because we have been loved. We need to bring that fragrance into a world that too often smells of a stench of hate and bitterness. As Christians we need to wear that kind of love on our sleeves. No one should, in this world, be able to outlive us. It is long overdue.
Appreciate your continued prayers for my mom Gladys. She will be 102 next month. I finally after five months got to see her and she is doing well. But two staff members tested positive at her rehab center and so now, no visits again. Please pray for her health and safety .
And join me every Sunday morning from 6:30 to 7 a.m. on 96.7 KIIC for My Hope. I have some great music and share God’s Word. I think it will be a blessing for you.