God’s love is our model for loving each other. We can only love each other with His love, when we’re experiencing it for ourselves. To know His love well enough to give it, we must know Him personally.

Paul the Apostle said this of his experience of God’s deep love for him: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans‬ ‭8:38-39)‬

Is this how we would describe our experience with God’s love? If so, is this how we love each other?

Jesus said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John‬ ‭13:34‬) When we draw close to God, His love becomes our constant security and comfort. His love transforms our love. We experience His example of love to us and we emulate it. We know He doesn’t withhold His love in retaliation for our sin and such similar nonsense which often characterizes our love for each other. When we sin—we walk away from Him. We reject Him—not the other way around.

When we comprehend this truth, it changes the way we love God and the way we love each other. It’s only when our heart is far from Him that we mistreat others because when we’re close to Him, His love drowns out hate. Closeness to God provides us all the love we’ll ever need and the best love we’ll ever give!

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