1 John 4:19-21 (NIV): We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
“The perfect love that drives out fear, drives out hatred also. If God’s love for us is made complete when we love one another, so is our love for God. John does not mince his words. If how a person behaves contradicts what he says, he is a liar… To claim to love God while hating our brothers is also a lie… It is obviously easier to love and serve a visible human being than an invisible God, and if we fail in the easier task, it is absurd to claim success in the harder… Every claim to love God is a delusion if it is not accompanied by unselfish and practical love for our brothers and sisters.” [John Stott, The Letters of John: Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, p.173]
Let’s worship to the song, “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong Worship (click here).
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving us. Help me to live in a way that is aligned with my identity as a child of God. May I actively and practically love my brothers and sisters in Christ and those that are not like me. In Jesus’ name, amen.