December 15

1 John 2:5-6, 9 5But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.

If we don't have love, we are fooling only ourselves. We may have a form of religion. We may have a desire to be good or even to please God, but we can be missing something vital. The presence of Jesus in us will manifest Himself as the love of God through us. John saw the love of God as one of the main characteristics of Jesus. If Jesus is living in us, that characteristic will be in our lives as well. To walk as Jesus walked is to demonstrate love for God and our fellow man in all we do and say.

We cannot hate our brother if we are in the light. Hatred is an expression of darkness. It exposes the true condition of our heart. Hatred is antithetical to the presence of Jesus in us. If Christ is in communion with us, we will find it impossible to go on hating a person. His presence will change our perspective to understanding, compassion, and love. The mind of Christ will reveal the causes of a person's offensive behavior. Then we will hate the sin, but love the person enslaved by it, even when they hurt us. They know not what they do.

This love is something the world cannot understand. It is one characteristic that makes us stand out as different from others. They don't know how to explain it. We may be considered gullible or ignorant, but it is the unbeliever who is ignorant of the power of the love of God.

Consider: Is the love of God being truly made complete in me?