According to tradition, John, known as the Apostle of Love, retired to Ephesus. Each Lord’s Day, the disciples, honored to have an aged apostle in their midst, would ask John to address the assembly. John would struggle to walk before the church and say, each Sunday, “My little children, love one another.”
Throughout his Gospel and his Epistles, the disciple whom Jesus loved writes a great deal about love and urges his readers to love one another instead of being like Cain who hated and murdered his brother (1 John 3:11-12).
Why should Christians love one another? “Love is from God” (1 John 4:7). Over and over and over, God has proven his deep love for man whom he made in his own image. What are some proofs God has given man of his love?
Here are six proofs of God’s love:
He sent his Son to die for man.
“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
He sent his Son when we were still in our sins.
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Nothing can separate us from his love.
“I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
He allows us to be his children.
“ See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1).
He is kind to the sinful.
“Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil” (Luke 6:35).
He has removed fear from the day of judgment.
“By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:17-18).
How great is God’s love!