1 John 4:15-16 NIV 2011
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 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.
The Apostle John wrote to the churches in Asia Minor to affirm their faith in Christ. He had concerns regarding unorthodox teachings reducing Jesus to just a man, not the Son of God. 1 John 2:23, “No one who denies the Son has the Father, whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father.” 1 John 5:6, “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” John charged them to reflect God’s love. 1 John 4:8, “Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.” Those who follow Jesus live lives sharing the loving Lord they serve.
A friend shared a quote with me, “Act in such a manner that you are living proof of a loving God.” It made me wonder, is that how I live on a daily basis? Self-examination is something that is good for the soul. Why did I come up short? Because I’m a sinner and that is exactly what I needed to read. It was a wakeup call of how others see me. Following Jesus, I will live my life sharing God’s love.
How are we living lives for Jesus?