“A picture is worth a thousand words…Seeing is believing…A picture never lies…Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words…” We are a very visual culture. Pictures, slide shows, paintings, and visual images communicate far more than words.
So, why should we love one another?
“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
Did you catch that? “No one has ever seen God!” The next part of this verse is where things get exciting. “IF (or when) we love one another, God abides (dwells) in us and His love is perfected (or made complete) in us.” Do you see it? Did you hear what God just did?
No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, then God dwells in us.
Can other people see you? Yes.
If God dwells in you, then could others possible see Jesus in you too? Yes.
If others can see God in you, then isn’t that kind of like seeing God? Yes.
WOW! We have the ability and responsibility to help others see the invisible God!
Why must we love one another? So the world can see the invisible God!
How can you be a visual image of the love of God today? Remember when God desired to show us His love He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. What a great visual image…service, selflessness, and sacrifice…all to show us His love so that we could see the invisible God. How about you? Who around you might need to see the invisible God through your love for them and others?
Read John 13:34-35, and then consider the number of times that Jesus instructed His disciples with a “new command.” I believe you will find it seldom which highlights the significance of the command. Does your family or community know you are a disciple of Christ by your love?
Jesus make me a portrait of your love today. God abide in me as You love others through me, and let people see You, the invisible God, in me for your glory and their salvation. Praise be to God our Father. Amen!
Copyright © August 2007 by Taylor W. Kendrick
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