A Challenge to Love

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.” (1John 4:16 NIV)

In this Scripture the apostle John, who is called the Apostle of Love, is giving us ten reasons why we must love one another.  Among those ten reasons is the one expressed above.  We must love one another because God is love and the person who loves in this way is living in God and God is living in that person.

One application of what he is writing is that when we plug into this love that God is we live in God and God lives in us.  In 1955 I made this great discovery.   As a social worker, while responding to a night call at 3:00AM, I prayed a prayer something like this: “God, You say You are a special quality of love.  I believe You are probably doing Your love thing where people are hurting.  I’m now going to where hurting people are.  When I get there pass this love You are through me and address their pain.”

There were times when I prayed that prayer I thought I was being electrocuted with the love of God.  I challenge you to accept the challenge of the Apostle John.  Go where the hurting people are with that prayer on your heart.  When you become a conduit of the love of God, you will discover that the experience is like an addiction.  You will never be satisfied with anything less than having that experience again and again.

This is because as a conduit of the love of God you will have experienced Who, What and Where God is – and where you want to be for the rest of your life!

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