Thursday: Study Love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

— 1 John 4:7-16

Write this passage down. Single out a few of the repeated words and really re-read them in the context of each sentence. 

Jesus came to live in our world, that we might live in his. Simply thinking about “how great light is” does nothing for you if you are surrounded by darkness. Like light, love has a source, and that source is God himself. It is easy in the busyness of our daily lives and holiday expectations to try and train ourselves to “love better”, but we can’t. The need for love in the world is so great, that it can drain the life out of us if we let it. And the answer to the depletion is not just self care or pacing ourselves. It is to reconnect with the source. God has enough love for the massive void in this world, and he can fill that need through us when we abide in him. 

This mystery of abiding is one worth investigating. 

Ask yourself:

Do I know what it means to abide in God? 

What situations always leave me drained and irritable? Why? Have I been seeking the Spirit to guide me and empower me in those situations?

In what relationships do I feel unloved? What habits of prayer do I need to implement to connect with God and be secure by his great love for me?