Many of life problems are based on the forced separation of God and love. But love is inseparable from God. There is no true love without God.
Love means following his commandments, and his unifying commandment is that you conduct your lives in love. This is the first thing you heard, and nothing has changed. (2 John 6, MSG)
We are called to live in love. But we are unable to do it without God and his grace. Jerry Bridges has said it well: “We cannot exercise love unless we are experiencing grace. You cannot truly love others unless you are convinced that God’s love for you is unconditional, based solely on the merit of Christ, not on your performance. Our love, either to God or to others, can only be a response to His love for us.”
We can’t become loving, gracious people without experiencing grace ourselves. We only love because God has first loved us. That’s why love is inseparable from God. But we are truly blessed because God wants to pour out grace upon grace, love upon love. Because of God we can really live in love.
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. (1 John 4. 7-10, MSG)
Thanks for loving us so much
that you sent your Son to save us,
to guide us back to you.
Embrace us with your grace.
Guide us to live in love.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: God is love. Do you live in love?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace grace and live in love!
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