Day 26 – 1 John 4:9-10
This is the day that I get to celebrate my own birthday. One thing I that is always a bit strange is having my birthday the day after a day that we all put so much effort into. My birthday have been forgotten by a lot of people before. However, Facebook has helped people remember this and it always nice to get messages from people, and people I haven’t heard from in a while. I have to say I do feel very loved…
But ‘love’ isn’t this. Not in it’s fullest. Today’s passages gives us a very real and a very expansive view of what love is. We get told that love isn’t something we have to give God, but something that He gave us first.
A lot of the time it can be hard to know what love looks like, and we can take a guess and get pretty close to the right answer, giving and not wanting to receive. Helping people out that we care about. Being there for people when it inconveniences us. But I think the closest we can get to seeing what love is is drawing a vertical line down the centre of a piece of paper, then drawing a shorter horizontal line a third of the way down the first line. A cross. This is love, and beats all other ways of showing love. How amazing is that!