Smack in the middle of Bible Study come a few verses which are my undoing. Paul writes to the Thessalonians on loving one another. His words pierce as they come from a man who loves well because he himself has been the recipient of God’s love. He had learned firsthand the importance of love.
Let’s peak in on what Paul has to say to this band of believers and to us today:
- We must learn to love. “But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another”
(1 Thessalonians 4:9, NLT). God Himself teaches us how to love like Him. Our personalities are so varied, as well as our quirks, and loving can be a challenge at times. We will have opportunities to practice love every day, but will never fully master this. We will ever be learning to love like Him.
- The ability to love comes from God. “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8, NLT). Oh, that we would never think we love because of anything in ourselves.
- Love even more. And just when we think we have loved so well or so fully, Paul says to us “we urge you to love them even more” (1 Thessalonians 4:10, NLT). We are not to set a limit on the extent of our love. “Love even more.” “Go further”, Paul urges us. Our love is to overflow, abound for one another, be without limit.
Prayer: Lord, these Scriptures have been challenging me. Help me to love even when I think I have loved sufficiently. Help me to love them even more. Amen.Â
May we love because we know we have been loved.