So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1 John 4:16
What is perfect love? It’s a love that is full and complete and needs no improvement. A love that is at its maximum. It’s a love that everyone longs for but no one will ever find outside of a relationship with God.
Perfect love is demonstrated through the person of Jesus Christ. John 13:1 says, “when Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.”
Jesus loved perfectly. His love was full and complete all the way to the cross. He loved with grace and compassion and forgiveness. This is the kind of love people are looking for. A love that has no end.
It’s easy for us to love when we are loved in return. However, it’s difficult to demonstrate love for someone who does you wrong. This is what separates perfect love from all other love.
Jesus loves those who curse Him and blaspheme His name. He died for those people as well. Jesus demonstrated His love for the entire world through selfless sacrifice. And that same love abides in the heart of every Believer.
As Christians we are to love as Christ loved. We are called to demonstrate love to those who love us and to those who hate us. Our ability to love comes from the love of God that is in us. We are to love one another because God is the source of love and perfect love puts God on display. Love is evidence of salvation.
Lord, give me a heart that is like Yours. Help me to love like You love. Your love overwhelms my soul and renews my spirit.