“Perfected In Us” (John 13: 34 – 35; 1 John 4: 10; ESV) by Carley Evans

“By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another,” says Jesus.

The author of 1 John reminds us that LoVe is of God, for it is not that we love Him but that He loves us. We know the essence of LoVe in that Jesus gave up “His life for us.” (1 John 3: 16)

“LoVe is from God.” (1 John 4: 7)

If we seek to change the world’s view of us and of God, then we will treat one another with humility, kindness, respect, thoughtfulness, courtesy, honesty, gentleness, and love. If we say, “I love God,” but treat our brothers and sisters in Christ with contempt, anger, distrust, disrespect, rudeness, and hatred, then we present God as irrelevant to the world; for we show that He is irrelevant to us, in this case.

God’s “LoVe is perfected in us” as we love one another. (1 John 4: 12)

In a real sense, we have an opportunity to reflect the LoVe of God to the world. Instead, so often, we present God as back-biting, mean, hateful, vengeful, slanderous, discourteous, angry, and out of touch.

Dearest brothers and sisters in Christ, let us set aside hatred of self and others, and let us fill our hearts with God’s LoVe, reminding ourselves and one another how Jesus lays down His life for us and for the world.

We love because He first loves us.

2 thoughts on ““Perfected In Us” (John 13: 34 – 35; 1 John 4: 10; ESV) by Carley Evans

  1. What is love? Jesus loved Peter, but He rebuked Him when the devil got in him and spoke through him.

    Jesus loved the Pharisees but he told them they were children of the devil so that they wouldn’t be confused and lost.

    God loved Sodom and Gomorrah, but He destroyed them for their wickedness.

    Jesus loved his disciples, but He didn’t change His message in John 6 and many of them walked no more with Him.

    We must love each other’s soul more than their flesh. We must be more concerned with their eternal destination than their temporary acceptance.

    Yet in all that what you say is true we must have and show fervent love for one another and have no evil thought in our heart one for another, we must have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts. If we love God and have a personal relationship with Him, we will have a personal relationship with His children as well.

    1. Rebuking error is not an absence of love; indeed, often when we truly love another, we know we must tell the truth despite the pain it may cause temporarily. Nevertheless, gentleness and kindness and proper timing are called for most of the time. Jesus was kind quite often in His rebukes of others, especially of course of His friends.

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