“My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other…” (1 John 4: 11 The Message)

We’ve all heard and understood the sayings… an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… monkey see, monkey do, the proof is in the pudding, like father like son, before you taste the fruit check the root.   These are not hard sayings to understand.  The model that is used to mold a life is the model that forms the behavioral pattern that is produced.

What we are is the true expression of what we have beheld!  If we behold Him, then we shall become like Him.  You can’t get away with anything in His Kingdom.  The Psalmist knew this and said; “God won’t put up with rebels; he’ll cull them from the pack”! (Ps. 34:16) Seems to me you have to be, ‘in the pack’, before you can be cut out of it.  “If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar.  His life doesn’t match his words.  But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love.”  (1 John 2:3-5 TM)

So what commandment is the Light shining on this morning? “…love each other…”  The Bible makes no distinction between Divine love and human love; it speaks only of ‘love’.  The majority of us have an impersonal, ethereal, value abstraction we call love to God; Jesus says I must love God with all my heart and soul and mind and strength, then my love for my fellow men will be relative to that center. (Oswald Chambers)

Here’s one of those self-test this morning.  Use it as a ‘model’ and measure your maturity of love.

Are you… available to others or aggravated by their arrival?

Are you… accepting  of those that cross your path or anxious for them to move on?

Are you… adaptable  when plans change for others or argumentative and angry?

Are you… affirming to those around you or afraid to applaud them as winners?

Remember the model today is Jesus, He was always available, always, accepting, always adaptable and always affirming when dealing with those He came to die for.

Further Reading:  1 John 4; Psalm 34