13 “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit, 14 and we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God, 16 and so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love, whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
“Living in Love”! Love! This word is so overused in our society today that it has lost its true meaning. We say we “love our car,” “our house,” “our clothes,” “our new ______,” you fill in the blank. Do we truly “love” these things, or is it really just a strong feeling of liking them? To truly love there must be a reciprocating love, something inanimate objects cannot give. A one sided love always creates problems, for when love is given but not returned an empty void is created in that relationship and feelings get hurt.
Myrna and I pledged our love for each other over 59 years ago, and that pledge with a reciprocating love has helped hold us together over these years. You ask “has it been easy and a bed of roses?” Easy, not always. Marriage always takes work and work is not easy. A bed of roses, YES! For roses have thorns and thorns bring hurts and I must confess that over these years I have undoubtedly caused some hurts in Myrna’s life, not purposely nor intentionally and when I realized what had happened I always tried to correct that hurt, but our love has held us together and brought us through to a place of greater strength and affection. We have a greater love for each other today than we did those 59+ years ago. Love is a wonderful thing that can soften even the hardest places.
The Love of God for mankind is even a greater love than that of two humans for each other. God, in His love for us, sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth, to take on the form of man, to live and die a horrible death by crucifixion, to be buried and then rise again so we might have eternal life. This is the love we live in as we walk with Christ today. This is the living love of God. John tells us that “whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him.” (vs. 16b).
In this season of celebrating Christ’s birth, be sure to thank God for the love that comes from God so that you might truly know what living in love is all about. Ask Him to fill you with His living love today.