How do you show someone that you love them? A parent might buy his child a special gift, or spend time helping her child with homework. A child might help her mom with the dishes or help his dad shovel snow. A husband may drive his wife to the train station, or give her a hug when it’s especially needed. A wife may set aside some uninterrupted time alone with her husband, hiring a babysitter, if needed. A friend may be there for her friend in a time of need. There are many ways in which to show love.
Scripture tells us that not only is love from God, but God is love (1 John 4:7-8). God loves each and every one of us, and we need to look no further than the baby born in a stable in Bethlehem to know that. That little baby, whose birth we will celebrate in just a few days, would one day bear a cross on the road to Calvary, giving His life so that we could have eternal life in heaven. That little baby is Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son. God showed us that He loves us by sending His Son into the world so that through Him, we may have eternal life (1 John 4:9).
If we love God, it is only because He first loved us. If we love each other, as we should, it is only because God has shown us what love truly is. And, the best part is that, if we love each other, God lives in us and perfects His love in us (1 John 4:10-12).