“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
True love for God and for people has to come from a source deep within. Once we surrendered our life to Jesus, He began a work in our heart. He began undoing the layers of bitterness, of hurt and pain. He begins to soften our hearts again. The world will truly make your heart hardened. God’s love comes in and undoes all of that. God allowed his son, Jesus Christ, to take the punishment for our sins upon himself. Without fully understanding that great sacrifice we can’t begin to understand just how much God loves us.
God loved us before we were formed and before we ever “did” anything for him. It is truly unconditional love. When we have that revelation of just how high, deep, and wide His love for us is we can begin to love Him in return. It is in the overflow of our love relationship with God that we are given the capacity to love our neighbors as ourselves.
“As he is, so are we in this world” - 1 John 4:17
God is Spirit, God is Light, and God is Love. Not only does God love us immensely and prove it to us, but He is love. He can’t help but love His children. We are made in His image. We are made to love God and love people.
Just take a look around the world today and I think it’s safe to say we would all agree that the world could use a little more love. Love is the opposite of anger, of fear, of hate. Love disarms. Love activates your faith. Love empowers others. Love encourages others. The language we speak, our words, hold great weight and significance. I believe that we should strive to make what naturally comes from our lips as loving as people. Here at Steps Church we truly believe that everything we communicate, how we talk with one another, should be graced with love.
Love is not just a way in which we communicate, it is also how we act. Love is expressed in our actions towards others, especially those we may not care for. Let’s be real here, it is hard to love on people who may not reciprocate that or may outright be rude to you. However, we have been called to love people. There may be times where your love towards someone is exactly what was needed to disarm them and allow God to speak to them.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Love is the way we will begin to change and shape the world around us. Let’s strive to let love become our language.
Ross Sims (Dream Team Director)