“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.

“Love Is From God” (2 Thessalonians 1: 3, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul says that the right thing to do is to give thanks to God for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to thank God for their abundant spiritual growth. We are to be pleased that our brothers and sisters in Christ love each other.

The author of 1 John writes, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God.” (1 John 4: 7)

Paul encourages us to “speak the truth in love” so as “to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.” (Ephesians 4: 15)

What does he mean to “speak the truth in love?”

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge… A gentle tongue is a tree of life… The lips of the wise spread knowledge.” (Proverbs 15: 1 – 2, 4, 7)

As we speak truth, knowledge, wisdom to our brothers and sisters, we are to keep a gentle tongue bathed in the love of God. We are to “restore [others] in a spirit of gentleness.” We are to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6: 1, 2)