We all know an expensive machine (car, dishwasher, space shuttle, etc) can have a catastrophic failure because a ” two-dollar” part doesn’t function properly. It’s funny how important the little things can be. Language is like that. Think of the word… as.
A small, insignificant, two-letter word; right? Two little letters are far from insignificant. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you, abide in My love (John 15:9). How does the Father love the Son? Knowing the Father loves the Son perfectly, without reservation, and for eternity should comfort us. Those two little letters mean the Father loves us the same way!
Another pair of letters makes this ‘warm fuzzy’ thought quite demanding. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (I John 4:11). God’s love for us is not some esoteric, academic, ethereal concept. His love is very practical and “hands on.” He intends for my hands to be His hands to help you up, pat you on the back, and clap for you when you need encouragement. The shoulder He provides for you to cry on is attached to my arm. The words of acceptance He sends to your ears are spoken from my lips. How about the people around you? Is God loving them through you?
Love is more than sentiment. Godly love seeks the good of others even at the expense of the lover. What if you could enter a room where no one had a single thought about themselves, but only had thoughts for your good and betterment? How would you respond to that? How often would you want to be around them? Would you want to leave them? What if that room full of loving people met at your church on Sunday? That’s God’s idea of a church! Do they function that way? If not, making the Father’s intent a reality starts with me.
Remember: As the Father sent Me, so send I you! More about this tomorrow!
Soli Deo Gloria!