COLUMN: Loving God means loving each other

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By George Smith

God is love (I John 4:8). Love is part of the very being and nature of God. It is also a valid test of our sonship.

If we are united to God through faith in Christ, we share his nature and that nature is love.

A believer in Christ, who shares the nature of his father, will naturally practice love, because that is the nature of God. Our love for the brethren is proof that we are his children. Throughout the New Testament we are encouraged to love one another.

Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples” (John 13:35).

Love is a valid test of our Christian faith. Since God is love, and we have a personal relationship with God, we must of necessity reveal his love in how we live.

What God is determines what we should be as a Christian.

I John 4:17 says, “As He is, so are we in this world.”

A person who claims to know God and be in union with him, must be personally affected by this relationship. A Christian should become what God is and “God is love.”

God communicates His love in words and deeds. True love will be active. The greatest expression of God’s love was the giving of his son to die on the cross.