When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them…
— 1 John 4:11–12

John’s epistle presents us with a profound truth: our love for one another is a direct response to God’s love for us. This call to love isn’t just a suggestion; it’s an imperative rooted in the very nature of God and our experience of His love. The way we love others is a tangible expression of God’s love in the world.

Think about the magnitude of God’s love for us – a love so deep and powerful that He sent His Son to redeem us. Now, we are called to reflect that love to others. This isn’t always straightforward, especially when relationships are strained or when people seem unlovable from our human perspective. But remember, God’s love transcends our human limitations and prejudices.

Loving one another means seeing people through God’s eyes and valuing them as He does. It’s about showing grace, forgiveness, patience, kindness, and compassion. It means putting others’ needs and well-being above our own preferences or comfort. Sometimes, it’s as simple as listening attentively, speaking encouraging words, or being present in times of need.

Today, take a moment to consider the relationships in your life. How can you demonstrate God’s love in these interactions? Are there strained relationships where showing love feels challenging? Ask God to give you the wisdom and grace to love as He loves. Seek His guidance on how to bring healing, reconciliation, and kindness into these relationships.

Moreover, think about the wider community – the people you encounter in your daily routines. Each interaction is an opportunity to show God’s love. Whether it’s a smile, a kind gesture, or an offer of help, these small acts can have a significant impact.

As you pray today, bring specific relationships before God. Ask for His love to fill you and flow through you. Pray for the ability to love not just in words, but in actions and truth. Remember, when we love one another, God’s love is made complete in us, and His presence is made visible in the world.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your incredible love for me. Help me to respond to Your love by loving those around me. Give me wisdom and grace in my relationships, and help me to demonstrate Your love in both big and small ways. Amen.