Perfect Love

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in his love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:18-21)

Is there someone unlovable in your life? Love him anyway. You are not perfect, but I have loved you perfectly. Therefore, love your brother who is not perfect with the love that you have been given. I loved you first, now you must love another. If you do not love your brother, you cannot say that you love me. I am love. Whoever lives in love, lives in me, and I in him.

I have commanded you to love one another. When you acknowledge Jesus as my Son, I live in you and you in me. I have loved you much. Love another with the same love I have given you. You will find the power to love from the One who lives in you. Do not love based on your own feelings. You may not feel like loving him, but it is the right thing to do. Because I live in you, you have the power to love the way I love.

 In order to love, you must be able to forgive. In order to forgive, you must love. Love is not love, until it is given away. Forgive your brother who has offended you, and you have loved him also. Do as I have commanded you. You will not fear the days ahead, when you walk in the commands I give you. When you love, you need not fear. Fear dreads punishment. There is no punishment for the one who loves me and loves his brother. Do you love me? Then, love him also.