In the last post I talked about love in action in 1 John 3:1-3. It is a powerful and amazing look at God’s expression of love toward us. I want to make a couple of other comments about this set of verses.
Here are those verses again:
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3
This love that I have been studying and writing about will change us in some dramatic ways, if we allow it to. In earlier posts this year I have written about many facets of love (agape). Learning to make those a part of my life will make me a different kind of person. It will make me more like the design that the Creator intends me to follow. It will change my relationships with Him and with the people in my life.
There is another way this love will change people. Notice the last sentence in the passage above. “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” The hope mentioned refers to the previous statement that we are children of God and, when He is revealed, we shall be like Him and see Him as He is. Accepting and embracing the love God shows us will change us. As this verse describes it, it will drive us to purify ourselves as He is pure.
I believe it is true as well that if we are loved by another person in the manner we are studying (agape) and we accept it, we will be affected by it. We will be better for the experience. This love changes the one who loves and the one who is loved in amazing ways.
It is obvious that this is not always the case. One of the amazing ways in which we were created is that the Creator gave us the free will to accept or reject Him. That choice is ours to make. We can accept and embrace His love or reject it and go our own direction. The consequences of that choice makes all the difference.
It is also true for the relationship we have with other people. I can choose to accept the love that another shows me or reject it. The (agape) love I learn to show other people will change me for the better because I have learned it. They may choose to accept or reject me, but that does not mean I love them less, if I have learned this love. The pattern for this is God’s love. People can choose to reject Him, breaking His heart, but that does not change His love for them.
What do you think about this?
Until next time…