1 John 4:7-12 Loving One Another
Did you ever find it hard or even impossible to love others? This is often because something bad happens to us, often when we are young, and we make wrong conclusions about that situation. We might have thoughts about God and doubt His love–though this conclusion goes directly against the truth stated here that God is love. Those thoughts tend to lead us away from God and assure a distant is kept from God where cynicism can easily develop.
￼People can also disappoint us, and similarly, we conclude that we will never forgive them.... and these deep down assumptions cause much damage in our lives. Our response is hardened in. For example, we sometimes try to prove ourselves to others with a spirit of revenge, “I’ll show you!” Others, though, retain a spirit of giving up that continues to plague them, “I guess no one loves me.”
When we are hurt we become very protective of our wound. Think of the time you stubbed your toe. You made sure nothing even came close to your toe. People do this with God and others too, protecting their inner hurt. So these spiritual wounds become hidden and fester further selfish thinking. We watch over our interests with such that we forget the needs of others.
This keeps us distant from God and holds us back in our ability to love others. This passage from 1 John 4 has everything to do with showing how we can be like Jesus and show God’s extraordinary love to others.