THE SERVANT GENERAL
LOVING ONE ANOTHER
GOD AND LOVE
Today’s reading: 1 John 4:7-10
We are commanded to love one another. But we love one another
not only because it is a command, not because we have no choice
about it, but rather, “let us love one another, because
love is of God” (1 Jn 4:7a). We are children of God.
We are a people of God. We are disciples of Christ. We are
a Church infused with the Holy Spirit. “God is love”
(1 Jn 4:8b), and so we too must love. Love is a reflection
of our faith and the reality that we are children of God,
for “everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows
God.” (1 Jn 4:7b).
“whoever is without love does not know God” (1
Jn 4:8a). It is easy for us to say and claim we know and love
God, but that would be empty talk if we failed to love one
are we to love one another? Since God is love and love is
of God, we look to how God has loved us. “In this way
the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son
into the world so that we might have life through him.”
(1 Jn 4:9). God’s love is self-sacrificial, limitless
and profound. God became man, something like the most intelligent
or beautiful human being choosing to be the lowest form of
insect (and even that would fail in comparison). Then God
allowed himself to be ridiculed and tortured horribly, finally
giving his very life on the cross, executed as a criminal.
God shed His divinity and became a slave. God embraced death
in order to give us life. God gave everything till there was
nothing else to give. God debased and totally emptied Himself
so that we might be filled. In loving one another, we are
called to act in the same way.
it is easy enough to love God (or say we love God). But living
it out concretely is the challenge. We can pray and worship
and read the Bible, but the test is in how we relate to our
fellow human beings. In this we look to God Himself. “In
this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved
us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” (1 Jn
4:10). God showed the way to loving us. In turn we respond
by loving Him and loving one another.
love is always salvific.