This is Love Experienced

1 John 4:8 "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." (NIV)


This is the week of love, of Valentines and flowers for some, and reminders of loneliness for others.

The apostle John simplified everything when he stated, "God is love." But sometimes we misunderstand the nature of that love. If you believe in Jesus, you might regard your relationship with Him as an invitation you once answered when He knocked on the door of your life, and you let Him in. Now you're a Christian. Simple. But it needn't stop there. We're not supposed to just start going to church, put a Bible on the coffee table, and figure, OK, took care of that. I'm right with God.

That's not love experienced!

A life that knows true love is filled with a multitude of invitations, because of the nature of love. Love is a living relationship that never remains exactly the same, but grows deeper, more intimate, more secure. We can never get enough of it, and we will never come to the end of it, because God Himself, the Author of love, is infinite and His love knows no limits.

Every day, in a variety of ways, the Lord comes knocking on the door of your heart. Through circumstances, people, new opportunities, a change of venue, the beauty of nature, and sometimes through heartache and tragedy—God gives us the chance to experience and live through His love in a new way, everyday.

Don't miss your daily invitation to grow deeper in God's love. Seek Him in His Word. Look for Him in the faces of the people around you. Accept the hard things as part of what makes you a deeper, more compassionate person. Give the love God gives to you away, freely, abundantly, wisely, and with a grateful heart.

"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love..." —Thornton Wilder

"Love is caught, not taught. One heart burning with love sets another on fire. The church was built on love; it proves what love can do." —Frank Laubach