Dear Church Family,
I read this the other day. “Most people have birthmarks that are specific to them, whether moles or other kinds of unique identification marks, Designers are known by their trademarks. They have logos of various kinds that even if you don’t read the name, it becomes clear who made it. God likewise has established a mark, a very clear mark, by which His children who have been birthed by the Spirit ought to be known. Love is the birthmark of the Christian. Without the birthmark of love, other people really don’t know who you are.”
February is the month of love. But what is love? What is this birthmark mentioned above? In 1 John 4:8, we read that “God is love.” Paul tells us in Romans 5:8 that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” If God is love and God shows His love for us by sending His one and only Son then what is the definition of love? However you define love, the definition must line up with the character of God because God is love.
I believe a simple and accurate definition of love is seeking the good of another. God is love and therefore He acts in a way that seeks our ultimate good. In Romans 8:28 we’re told, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” God works for the good of His people. Love is seeking the good of another.
In 1 John 4:19 we learn that “we love because he [God] first loved us.” This means that the only way we can truly, fully, and consistency love both God and man is by understanding and experiencing God’s love for us through Jesus Christ. Love requires that we forgive. Love requires that we show grace and mercy. Love requires that we speak truth. Love requires that we speak up when we see injustice. Love compels us to share the gospel. Because it’s only through a relationship with God that people can become who God created them to be. It’s only through faith in Jesus Christ that we truly know what love is. During this “month of love,” let us put the love of God on full display toward one another and those in our city!
Pastor Ron Jones