Living Out God…
Hello, wonderful people! This week is the last week that we will be doing the first John series. If you have been reading all of them, I just want to say thank you. I really am so grateful for the opportunity to write for you guys. It is always something really fun to know some people actually want to read your writing.
Today, you are going to be reading a passage in 1 John 5 that really “hits it home” for me. This is the passage that I really believe young people (aka me and you) need to look to. We have become so lost in the world of “me”. It isn’t about me. It isn’t about you. Being a believer in Christ is about being with him and living for him.
Who is God? Simply put, God is love. Pure, unconditional, and beautiful love. This lights my soul on fire. The God of the universe created us to love others. That to me is just inspiring.
(Italics are mine)
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well (If you love God, you love Jesus. They are the same.). This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands (His command is to love.). In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
1 John 5:1-5 NIV
Love is something that should be so simple for us to do. Loving others should be such an easy choice. Often times, I hear parents say that they will do anything for their child out of love. Now, I personally don’t quite get this since I am not a parent (and don’t plan on being one for a very long time). I think this kind of love though is what God wants us to have for everyone.
God is love. He is not a religion. He is a relationship. Relationships involve being loving (not in a romantic way). This is an agape love. A pure, unconditional love. We are called to follow God’s (our father) command. Love. Simply love. Love the person you despise the most, and this can be so difficult. Right now, I have someone that is not quite my favorite human on this planet. I don’t agree with some of the ways that they decide to do things, and I really don’t think that they always are handling situations right. I am going to tell you though, I pray for this person. It is only through humbleness in God, I have a heart that doesn’t want to hate. I had to get my sadness and irritation out, but I did it in a healthy way by talking to people. It still sometimes gets to me, but that is the devil taking control. Jesus has given me the ability and desire to want to pray for this person.
Psalm 23 was the passage the Lord directed me to the first time this happened a little over two weeks ago.
“You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Maybe this person and I don’t see eye to eye, and maybe they do hurt me. The Lord though is the place I have chosen to dwell. I am dwelling in the house of the Lord. That means I live by his way. His way is to love. In return for loving others, I have an eternal resting place with him.
Choosing love may be hard at times, but it is so freeing and worth it once you do.
Rethink living with love,