Tuesday, April 1, 2008

1 John 4:8

John writes, "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love" (NASB).

Again we are reminded that God is the ultimate source of love, not humans.

If someone is not characterized by love, the solution to the problem is not more education or better tolerance training. Rather, the key is to know God better and better.

For instance, if a conservative Christian consistently acts and speaks unlovingly towards a group of people (gays, Democrats, etc.), the direct approach will not be useful. Rather, remind them of Jesus' own words.

Only when convicted by God will this person soften in tone and treat their enemies as Jesus commands.

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