Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. I John 4:16
I cannot say those first two verses without that old song popping into my head. It was those two verses in the King James version that many of us first learned them. Anything set to music would always stick in my head…..forever!
I am going to go as far to say that if anyone claims to be a Christian and doesn’t love, they are deceiving themselves. Father God is love and so should be His offspring. I’m not saying all people are loveable…not by a long shot. There are those who have surrendered themselves to evil and reflect the father they serve. However, love looks beyond that. True love surrenders them to God to take care of. It doesn’t align itself with evil, it just chooses to love.
I posted the story of Stephen from Acts earlier. He spoke truth to his audience and they took him out and stoned him. He didn’t get angry or cuss them out. He saw Jesus and was received into heaven that day. I’ve heard stories of martyrs who were put to death because of their belief. They didn’t get to see the results of many coming to know Jesus because of how they died. They didn’t go angry or bitter, they went in love.
Choose to love because God is love. To abide in God is to abide in love. If you want to know His secret place, you must know His Love. You must know Him as Love.