Love Restored

Text: 1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (NRSV)

“God is Love” are the words that are emblazoned high up on the wall of our sanctuary behind the altar.  The story goes that these words were on that wall prior to the addition to the sanctuary.  When the addition was put on and all the walls were painted, these words were painted over.  However, no matter how many coats of paint were applied to the wall, the words kept bleeding through and refused to be covered.  It did not take too long for the members of the church to decide that instead of trying to cover over the words “God is Love,” the words needed to be restored to their original brilliance.

Perhaps this is a good illustration for what John is saying to those who read these words in his first letter.  We are created by the love of God and in the image of God.  However, as we move through this world we are covered by the sin of the world.  The world tries to hide the love of God that was implanted in us from the beginning.  But that love never really goes away.  It may be harder to see as the sin of the world paints over our lives that were designed to be lived in the love of God, but it never really gets hidden completely.  In Jesus, God is restoring the original brilliance of his love in us.  Through the gift of God’s grace and forgiveness, the love of God from which we were created, and which had always been implanted in us, is restored in those who follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

God is Love and those who love as God loves, are those who have been born again through the gift of the Holy Spirit given to those who have received forgiveness from their sins through the gift of Jesus Christ.  Everyone who is born of God and knows God shines with the love of God for others to see the glory of God’s love in the world.

Pray with me:

God of love and God who is Love clean me from the sin in my life that tries to cover your love.  Restore me to the original love from which you have created me and which in me has been implanted from the beginning.  May my life be a beacon of your love shining out into this world which you have loved so much that you gave your only Son.  AMEN.

No Comments





no categories


100 Bill Anger Authentic Bible Body of Christ Brigantine Beach Broken world COVID Centered Changed Charlie Brown Child of God Chosen people Christian Education Comfortable Denominations Dimock PA Discipleship Discipline Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God at work God is Love God's Glory God's call God's creation God's economy God's face God's first words God's leading God's light God's love God's plan God's presence God's story God's timing God's voice God's ways God's way God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s Glory God\'s face God\'s first words God\'s leading God\'s light God\'s love God\'s presence God\'s story God\'s will be done God\'s will God\'s word God\\\'s leading God\\\'s love God\\\'s story God\\\\\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s story God\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s story Godhead God Grandparents Day Grandparents Hands and feet of Jesus Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus Loves Me Jesus is Lord Jesus the healer Jesus John Wesley Justice Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Laughter Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Love One Another Made new Mesa Newness of life Norms Obey PPE Peanuts Psalm 130 Psalm 91 Radical Transformation Recreate Refreshed Rock Sabbath Sanctified Satan Saul Savior Seeing God Shalom Soulmate Spirit of God Standing before God Stumbling Sunday School Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The family of God The new people of God The people of God Transformation Trinity Truth in love Truth Unconditional love VBS Values Voice of God Weary Worship Written word abundance action affirmation air anchor answered prayer anxiety arguing arguments armor ask God asking God assurance attentive awe b r e a t h e baptism be ready be strong believe birds born again born from above bread of life bright broken call to ministry calm camp meeting caretakers celebrate character children of God choice choir choosing church comfort commandments community compassion confession conversation with God creation decision defending God dependent depression depths devotions direction discouraged disney distractions diversity divided do no harm dream big dream empowered enjoy equality eternal life evangelism evidence examine excuses expectations expecting God experience failure faint faithful fear fellowship finding God finding Jesus focus follow through forgiveness free from sin free will freedom gathered giving God the glory goals godly good neighbor good news good works grace grief grieving guidance happiness hard hate healing helpless help hide and seek holy living holy hope humility hunger ice cream image of God infinite worth injustice intentional intercesor intervene intimate joy justify knowing Jesus knowledge learning letting go life in the Kingdom life lightning light listening living together living looking for God love God love neighbor love of God love self love loving God loving Jesus loving others mature meaning meditate meditation mercy ministry miracles miserable mission mistakes motivation murmuration music neighbors new begging new life ocean olympics overcome overflowing partnering pass it on pay no attention peace persecuting Jesus perseverance persistence power praise pray big pray for students prayer praying predestination prepare priorities proclaim promises of God pure purity purpose real deal reconciliation recreated redeeming redeem refining refuge rejection rejoice relationship remember repent rescue response rest resurrection revelation righteousness risk rules sacrifice salvation sanctification scarcity school scripture searching seeking God self-assessment self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart share shine brightly shine simple simplicity simplify sinners sinner sin solitude spending time with Jesus spiritual disciplines spiritual exercises spiritual gifts spiritual growth spiritual health spirituality start over status quo stewardship steward storms stress struggle students success suffering teaching temptation test thankfulness thanksgiving the great commandments the sky the unknown thunder time with God tired together transfiguration troubles trust in God trust understanding unexpected united methodist church value victory vision waiting on God walking with God wear out welcome wisdom witness wonder worries worry your story