“This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.” (1 John 4:17, NIV)
I love that phrase “we are like Jesus” as love is made complete among us. We become more loving by spending time daily worshiping and thinking about our LORD and praying for one another. As you practice this love naturally begins to increase in our hearts. He communicates and expresses His love through us. As we learn how to truly treat and respect one another with God’s love from the Bible, God works in us for our good and His glory and the church expresses itself in love “like Jesus.” We grow more and more in the image of Christ. It’s kind of like, to borrow a term, from the medical community a communicable disease.
Theologian Louis Berkhof, wrote of the incommunicable and communicable attributes of God. His incommunicable attributes are His omnipotence (all powerful), omniscience (all knowing), omnipresence (present everywhere at all times). His communicable attributes such as His love, kindness, wisdom, grace, patience, mercy, and honesty. I want to become contagious with those communicable attributes and I’m sure you do also.
However, the history of human beings is lusting after the incommunicable attributes of God, like Adam and Eve, when they listened to the cunning lie of the serpent. “…your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,…” (Genesis 3:5, AMP) Let’s beware of knowledge and power devoid of the love and holiness of God. It’s why it is important to humble ourselves prayerfully as we read our Bibles.
“You may be lost with a knowledge of Scripture as well as without it, if you tarry in the letter and go not to the spirit of the word.” Charles Spurgeon
We can live in God’s presence by loving Him and one another. Take a moment and pray for someone you are grateful for and then immediately send a note, a text message or email to them expressing why you are grateful. It’s powerful way to start becoming contagious, “like Jesus.”
“Now we can give thanks to our God for you. We thank him for the joy we have in his presence because of you.” (1 Thessalonians 3:9, GN)