It is a simple proposition, really. If God is love, and He through the power of the Spirit, lives in us, then, Love lives in us. It is the biggest distinction between those that follow the Lord and those that do not. When one walks with the Lord, the Lord himself begins a process of transformation that conforms us into His image. It is not a boot camp where one is ruled and checklisted into submission. Instead, God uses His Spirit and His word to give us a perspective that equips us for eternity.
So in our lives, we are walking and striving to become like the Lord. We want to be the Love that He is. That simply means that we are to love Him and love others. If we love others, it will be obvious. We will be selfless, supportive and thrilled to see others come to know the Lord. In addition, we will never stop encouraging and lifting up others in need. It is no longer about us. It is now about the Lord and his people. As we live for others, however, we can rest assured that God will meet our needs and prepare us for the journey here on earth and eternity to come.
Looking at our lives for the year ahead, we must include a focus upon loving the Lord and allowing His love to dwell in us and show through us.
God Bless You
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 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. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.