TODAY’S MEDITATION – Do you love God ? (1 John 4:20)

Today, the world celebrates love, human love! Many believers will read this question and feel they are not concerned, because their obvious answer is “YES, OF COURSE I DO”. Now, my brother, my sister, as a Christian, if you are really honest with yourself, how often do you seek to put God’s will and His desires above your own? How often are you consumed with what He wants for your life and not what you want out of life? You see, God’s love is different from our way of loving. And as Christians, we are not expected to love like the world loves, but like Christ loves, which means by showing we are His disciples. Now, how would people see you are a true ‘disciple’ then? Jesus provided the answer for you: ” By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). Therefore, if you are a believer and God’s love dwells in your heart, you will also love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37), which will be seen by the way you surrender to Him. Yes, loving the Lord means no longer living for yourself; loving Him is a demonstration of complete selflessness. My friend, in order for God’s love to enter your heart, you must continually choose to flee from sin and surrender yourself to Him by becoming a clean and open vessel He can use for His glory. And above all remember today’s verse, as the Lord is reminding you that “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” (1 John 4:20). It is only by loving the way God loves that you can personally experience His Love, but also be that vessel carrying His Love to others. When we don’t love like God, then we love like the world and our love will grow cold (Matthew 24:12). However, the consequences of this cooling will not affect the others only, they will also affect our own lives, our position and our status in the coming Kingdom. So, let’s learn to love according to God’s standards. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.