1 John 4:16 – God’s Love

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16

I chose this verse because it has special meaning for me in my own walk. For many years I viewed God as a lofty, white-bearded old man who was constantly judging all of my shortcomings. I didn’t grasp that God was my heavenly Father who loved me so much because I was woven by Him as part of His creation. He didn’t want me to sin because He loved me and knew better than I what was best for me.

This verse became dear to me twelve years ago when it became my theme verse for VN #4, the youth retreat I had the privilege to direct. What God revealed to me is that He is love, the absolute, purest form of love, and the creator of love. When we live our lives in love and love for one another, God truly lives in us, and I’ve chosen to live in love. I’m not perfect at it, but I’ve found the more I live in His love the more others around me appreciate it! I can be critical and cynical of other people’s shortcomings but what do I gain in it? Nothing! If I love and have compassion for others, I am always blessed. So be a blessing to others and live in God’s love. You’ll be amazed at how much love you will receive in the process.

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