1 John 4 :: Love

This morning I was reading in 1 John 4 where the overwhelming theme of the chapter is love.  One of my favorite verses (partly because it's easy to memorize too) is found in this chapter - 'We love because He first loved us.' - 1 John 4:19.  Throughout this chapter the disciple John is reiterating the words that Jesus shared with them the night before His crucifixion about His love for them and how above all they were to love one another. 

This morning I was thinking how we cannot give what we do not have.  I know for me when I don't take time daily and throughout my day to absorb and take in His unshakeable and unconditional love for me, my heart and soul go to the default ingredients of stress, worry, impatience and selfishness.  This chapter of 1 John also makes it very clear that what is coming out of us (Godly love or selfishness) is sending a message to the world around us about the nature of God.  So let's allow His Spirit to fill us with His love and may it overflow out of our lives to put Him on display for the world to see.

in Christ,
Brian