“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Many people claim to know God. Most of them are found in the church, while a few are outside the church. When a person claims to know God it can be difficult to know the truth of their statement without watching their life closely.
James states that if a person does not love, then he really does not know God. The way to tell if a person really knows God is how well they love others. The reason this can be this way is that God is love. To know God is to know love.
When a person really understands the love God has for them, he will then want to pass that love on to other people. Think about what God did for you. He sent His only son to this earth for you. Not many people would be willing to send their only son a long ways away for many years for someone who does not like them or even know them. Yet, this is what God did for you.
Not only was Jesus sent to this earth for you, He was sent to die for you. His whole purpose in coming to this earth was to die on a cross for you. That was not some accident, it was the plan of God from the beginning. This shows true love. As John said, God is love.
When you realize the amount of love God has for you, you will want to love Him back. One of the ways He wants that love shown is in showing others that same love.
Love is more than just saying some words. It is doing things for others. It is putting others first. It is looking out for the best for others first. It is forgiving others. It is patient with others. Look at 1 Corinthians 13 to get a good list of what love really is.
If you really know God, then you will really love others as God loved you. We love because He first loved us.
Do you really love others?
Do you really know God?
Or do you claim to know God?
I pray today that God will reveal more of His love to you; that God will fill you with His love; that God will strengthen you to love others; and that you will fully know God in every way.