No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12 NRSV

Thought

The living presence of God within you is the force of your spirit when you love others. It is the reservoir of all love. The perfection of love is predicated on loving others as much or even more than yourself. “[L]ove your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18 NIV). The biblical admonition is to “go on toward perfection” (Hebrews 6:1 NRSV). When God lives in you, God lives through you. You see God’s love at work when you live in God’s Spirit.

Prayer

God, you instruct me to love others so that your love in me may be perfected. I pray that your Spirit living in me speaks your love to others. Amen.

Assurance

God’s love is perfected in me when I love others as I love myself.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012