The Mystery of Love
"No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit." (I John 4:12,13)
John lived longest among the twelve disciples. He spoke much about love. Christianity teaches us the mystery of love. Alexander the Great was a warrior-king. He never met with defeat in battle with men. But he was defeated by the mosquito. Jesus was never defeated. Jesus' love is not of the kind of love relatives have for one another. His love was the love of God. He was the concrete shape of love. Jesus shed tears, but that was not the indication of defeat. He showed that all power was given unto Him. If any young man or woman can be like Jesus, it is a great blessing. God wants to make us small Jesuses. If we are ready, the Holy Spirit can come and make us like Jesus. Jesus died for this purpose. In other religions, people carry on their devotions with sins in their hearts. There is no power in us to get rid of our sins. To make us powerful, our sins must be taken away. Jesus rejoiced when He died. "It is finished", He said, "It is achieved. I can produce men like Me." The Bible tells about forgiveness. He is a God of forgiveness. It is a great privilege to be born in a Christian home. Children must know this. They are on their way to Heaven today because there is forgiveness with Jesus. Jesus forgives sins and helps us to obey His commandments. "I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean;" (Ezekiel 36:25). When a man's sins are forgiven, his life is powerful. His actions and words are powerful. Why? His sins are gone. He walks in the commandments of God. Christ is the solution for sick and suffering people. If there is the love of Christ in us, our life will be a creative power. We see unhappy families. Sickness and sin are there. But your sins are forgiven. Why then are you not a power? Perhaps you are not a power today. But one day you will say, "I can do everything by the grace of God." Because of the love of Christ you will do everything.