As I began my quiet time last week I was planning to start studying 1 John, but then God led me elsewhere. Love became the focus. God’s love for us, as well as our love for God and others. So what better way to find out more about a subject matter than to ask these basic questions: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW.
Who is love?
- God is love. 1 John 4:8,16
Who does God love?
- The world John 3:16
- Israel 2 Chronicles 9:8
- Us Ephesians 2:4-6; 1 John 4:10-11
- You John 6:27
- A cheerful giver 2 Corinthians 9:7
- The church Ephesians 5:25
Who are we to love?
- The Lord our God Mark 12:30, Deut. 6:5, Joshua 23:11
- Our neighbors (as ourselves) Mark 12:28-31
- One another John 15:12, Matthew 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 3:11
- The neglected, abused and ones taken advantage of (Example of Good Samaritan) Luke 10:30-37
- Your enemy Romans 12:20
- Husbands: your wives Ephesians 5:25, 28
- Your brother 1 John 4:21
- Foreigners Leviticus 19:33-34
Food for thought.
- Who do you love most? God? Family? Self?
- Who do you love to love?
- Who are you refusing or neglecting to love?
- Who is God calling you to love that is in desparate need of an act of love?
The greatest commandment (Mark 12:30-31) can be summed up in five words.
LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE.