When the world looks at the church, do they see a love that can be explained only by the supernatural work of God? That is the key question for our life together.
There must be such a love if 1 John 4 is to make any sense – “The person who truly loves is born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7).
There are things that we call love which people do who are not born of God – natural affections, philanthropic aspirations, sexual desire, etc. These do not point to the supernatural work of God. They are no sign of being born of God.
What matters is a love that can only be explained by the supernatural work of God.
I long for our church to love like that. There is nothing more thrilling than experiencing the love of God so deeply that it spills over into our relationships.
That is what 1 John 4 is all about – being so deeply transformed by the love of God WITHIN that we live the supernatural love of God WITHOUT.
Carry this thought today – IN CHRIST, I HAVE THE SUPERNATURAL LOVE OF GOD!