The Father’s love in the Son, the Son’s love in us. Loving the body of Christ

1 John 4:7-14

For the genuine believer in Christ, a born from above Christian, it’s inspiring to realize that the immensity of “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5). As magnificent as that truth is, and while relishing it’s inward remodeling of one’s soul, of reshaping the landscape of one’s perspective, each Christian is deeply responsible for what they do with that love. In other words, it’s one thing knowing that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:39), it’s a whole different matter as to how you live His love toward others that the Spirit has placed in the body of His Son, Jesus. Sometimes our appreciation for God’s love for us is like basking in front of a beautiful masterpiece like the Mona Lisa, and then pivoting to look in the mirror and seeing there the reflection of one of the strange, disjointed, abstract figures in the San Francisco museum of modern art. You have to squint really hard to see the Mona Lisa of God’s love in our own reflection at times. Today I’d like to ask the Spirit’s help in the Word to nudge us away from the abstract to a better and clearer reflection of God’s love among us.