‘…Let us love one another, for love comes from God…’ 1 John 4:7 NIV
Oops. We said it. But relax; we’re not going to make you get married (especially if you’re already married) What we’re talking about is Godly commitment to everyone around you, and everything that you do. God commits to loving, growing and parenting you. And with Him doing that, you can’t help but share that love with others. The whole of 1 John 4:7 reads “Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God's child and knows God.” (NCV). Now, hands up… who speaks Greek? Not many of you? Meh, you’ll keep up. That second sentence, “Everyone who loves has become God's child and knows God” isn’t exactly straightforward. In the original Greek, there is one word that means “has become God’s child”, and it does some weird stuff with tenses. It’s past and present all at the same time; it means ‘has become God’s child right at that point, and will continue to become more and more God’s child as time goes on.’ Sooo… everyone who shows God’s love through their relationships and work gets adopted by God. But it doesn’t stop there. God promises to put work into fathering and teaching them, every day, for the rest of their lives (pretty good model for commitment). And under that sort of attention from God, our human commitment to sharing love with the world becomes way more do-able each day. WHAT NOW? Commit today to pray for and show God’s love to someone for the week. Plan it, what acts are you going to do to show His love, every day?