1 John 4:18-21 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God, yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command. Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Let's get real here.
There are some people that are difficult to love. There are some people
that have a difficult time loving us. I have experienced both sides. A
friend of mine once made this statement, "sometimes, you have to love
them like you find them". It seems like all we can do sometimes.
Honesty, that is all that we want to do sometimes. God expects more
Why does love, such a great emotion, come with
so many difficulties? First of all, if the giver and receiver are not
on the same page with how they feel about love, then there will be
trouble. Love can produce fear and insecurity. It is not designed that
way, but when events happen in life that distort the true meaning of
love, then negative emotions arise pertaining to love. 1 John 4:18
tells us that there is no fear in love. There is no fear when the love
What is perfect love? Perfect love is the
love that God has for us. He showed us his love when he sent his son
Jesus to the world. Jesus modeled perfect love and then died so that we
could fully understand love in its perfection. This love was full of
grace, outlined in compassion and built upon sacrifice.
is difficult for us as imperfect people to love one another in a
perfect manner. Mainly because we are not willing to make sacrifices.
Let us repeat that: We are not willing to make sacrifices for one
another. We are not always willing to give the time and energy that
perfect love for one another requires. We find it difficult to continue
to offer our brothers and sisters compassion and mercy. We often do
not want to try to understand someone on a deep and intimate level. Our
attitude is often that we have enough things of our own to do besides
helping a friend to bear their burdens.
work. Whether the love is a friendship, family relationship, marriage,
or relationship with God, it requires time, attention, focus, and
effort. Love that is perfect, first and foremost requires a love for
God. Through that relationship, we can learn to love others. Through
that relationship, we also can gain strength and desire to want to love
I pray this today: Lord, help me to love you
with the perfection in which you offer all of us. Through this love,
show me how to love others, even when it is difficult. Give me the
strength, wisdom, and desire to understand how to love others,
especially those that have a hard time loving me. May your perfect love
for us, help us to experience a perfect love with others, a love full
of grace, outlined in compassion and built upon sacrifice. AMEN