Thursday Devotion: 1 JOHN 4:12-16
12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us. He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 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.
In today’s passage of just 5 verses, the Apostle John repeated over and over again the words, “God lives in us” and “we live in Him.” I believe he wants to give all believers the assurance of this abiding relationship with God. The day that we acknowledge who Jesus is and accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, He (the Holy Spirit) has come in to stay. He has personally taken up residence in us. He lives in every believer. God in us and we in God. As we continue to walk with Him faithfully each day, trusting and obeying Him, this personal relationship will grow and deepen over the years throughout our lifetime. We can be assured that God abides in us and we in Him if we see His Spirit producing in us love for one another.
God’s love which was first shown to us through Jesus who came to earth to die on the cross for our sins, is also revealed through us who has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Because God is love, whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them (verse 16). The love of God which is in us is not for us to keep for our own self. But rather, we should be generous in sharing the love of God we have in us with others who are in need of them. We are to respond by loving others as He has loved us.
The life of a Christian who abides in God’s love is a potent witness for God in the world. Men cannot see God, but they can see His love moving us to deeds of helpfulness and kindness.
(Warren W Wiersbe)
We are Christ’s witnesses and pre-believers see us. They see our actions. They watch the way we live, how we interact with people at the workplace, in public places, in church, & even at home. How do we want them to see us as? We want them to see the love of God which is present in us, we want them to experience that love generating out from our lives, that they will know we are disciples of Christ (John 13:34-35) because we are living testimonies of that love in this chaotic world.
Jesus, may we be used by you to demonstrate your love to the poor and needy. Use us to reach out to those who are in need of you especially during this pandemic period that we can be your channels of love, hope and peace. Teach us how to love them that they may see Your love reflected in our care and concern for them.
In Jesus’ name. Amen