Love through Him
In this the love of God was made known toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we would live through Him. 1 John 4:9
Throughout the book of 1 John, the Apostle John focuses on love and chapter 4 is no exception. The elder John continues his encouragement to love others in verse 7. He says, Beloved, let’s love each other. (He was speaking to people in the church and how they are to serve one another) He goes on to say, love is from God and those who love give evidence that they are not only born from God, but that they in fact know Him personally. Wow! Our love for other believers shows that we have a personal relationship with God our Heavenly Father. Then he says, anyone that doesn’t love their brothers and sisters in the LORD does not know God, (it is as simple as that) because God is love and cannot be separated from it.
The next verse talks about how God demonstrated His love to us by giving His son to pay our debt. It wasn’t out of an obligation or pity; it was totally love and that we are to love others in the same sacrificial way the best that we can. He did this so we could live through Him.
So, what does it mean to “live through Him”? 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, He was made to be our sin and take the punishment for it so that we could become His righteousness, in right standing with God. Living through Jesus means we come back into a right relationship with God our Heavenly Father. Through Jesus and because of the price He paid, we now live a life in right fellowship with God our Heavenly Father. We have access to our Heavenly Father and can come into His presence at any time. However, this great gift of having a personal relationship with God the Father can only be through Christ Jesus, not through a pastor, a priest or any other person. Jesus is the only way in fact, He told us that in John 14:6. He said I am the (one and only) way. If you have never received Jesus as your Savior, pray this simple prayer today from your heart. Jesus will come into your heart and into your life and save you from an eternity of punishment and take you into the very presence of God Almighty.
Pray: God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him form the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. Thank you, Jesus for Your grace that has saved me from my sin and has given me eternal life. I now have a right relationship with God my Father. I also ask for Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus name, Amen
Today I want to encourage you to let Christ live through you and let the evidence of His life in you be in loving others. People can sometimes be difficult and unlovable, but if you make the decision that you are going to love others no matter what, that will be the evidence that you truly are a child of the one true God.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 4:7-11