7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:7-12
Our final ‘Be…’ brings us to the one that encapsulates all the rest, ‘Be Loving’. This love is such a radical love that the early church had to hunt around for a word to describe it, virtually unused before, agape or sacrificial love. This is the love of God giving of himself in creation, the love of Christ dedicating his life to glorifying his Father and meeting the needs of others, this is the love of the Cross where Jesus took on himself our sin and brokenness. Tragically English hasn’t got a single word to describe such love, perhaps because we simply don’t see enough of it to name it. Perhaps it’s about time we put that right….
Reflect on how God has loved you. Spirit, inspire me to love as I have been loved!