'God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath seen? And this commandment we have from Him, that he who loveth God love his brother also."
1 John 4:16-21
God's love is the source of all human love, and it spreads like fire. In loving His children, God kindles a flame in their hearts. In turn, they love others, who then are warmed by God's love pouring through them. Broken relationships can, and will hinder our relationship with God. If we have a problem or grievance with a friend or family member, we must make every effort to restore this broken relationship as soon as possible. We are hypocrites if we claim to love God while we are harboring feeling and said truthfully, hating our brothers and sisters. Our attitude is a reflection of our relationship with God. It's so easy to say that we love God when the blessings are flowing and all that costs us is weekly church attendance. But the real test of our love for God is how we treat the people right in front of us that God placed in our lives as our family or friends and fellow believers. We cannot truly love God while neglecting to love those who are
created in His image.
Often we want to judge others rather that removing the log from our own eye. Some sins seem bigger than others because their obvious consequences are much more serious. Murder for example seems to be much worse than hatred, and adultery seems much worse than pride. But this does not mean that because we only commit 'little' sins we deserve eternal life. All sins make us sinners, and all sins cut us off from our Holy God. All sins therefore lead to death, regardless of how great or small they seem. Don't minimize "little" sins and overrate "big' sins. They all need to be forgiven, and they all CAN be forgiven. (Romans 3:23)
Lets love each other...pray for one another, with a pure heart. Take the courage to restore a broken relationship!!
Have a beautiful Wednesday resting in the love of Jesus!
Love, Jessica <3