Key Texts: 1 John 4:7-12
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.
In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
No one’s perfect and though some of us are “perfectionist” we certainly can’t obtain perfection in our actions either.
Still, Scripture speaks of perfection – a particularly important kind of perfection – and how it is obtained.
This passage from John above points to the fact that by loving one another “God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
We can’t do it on our own but if we are open to the God who is love working in our lives, perfected love – experienced and shared – can be a reality.
Love is such a well-worn word and concept in our society.
We use the term to describe everything from the deepest human emotion to the most shallow of sentimental expressions.
At its core though – we are reminded that God and love are intimately intertwined and that to be a follower of Christ, and a child of God, is to live in such a way that love is at the heart of it.
John says it so well, it bears repeating:
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Now that is what I call perfection.