BY REV. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: 1 John 4:12 (NKJV) “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us and His love has been perfected in us.”
Upon walking into most homes, one of the things you will notice is the emphasis on memories— pictures on the wall and placed on furniture throughout the household. These pictures reflect treasured moments in your life. They often become conversation pieces when visitors and family are present. These pictures are exposed because they capture a special place in your heart of which you wish to be reminded frequently.
God too appreciates these treasured moments in your life. That is why He allows you to have them. He wants you to be proud of your accomplishments and the loved ones He brought into your life. We adore our children and grandchildren and every accomplishment along the way. We show them off proudly with our collected memories on our walls, showing our loved ones and others just how special some of our loved ones are to us. I do not know anyone who places pictures of people they don’t like throughout their household.
I have gone into many houses and I’ve noticed a picture hanging of the now famous depiction of the Last Supper. The painting depicts the upper room where Jesus is sitting with his followers, sharing a special moment of eating together once more before He was betrayed, handed over to the enemy and crucified. Many people would suggest that this is their way of letting others know they are a believer in the gospel. However, today’s scripture tells us that there is no better way to see God than through the love we give one another. It is in this way that we are creating a perfected picture of God, who abides in us.
Therefore, the picture of God in your home would not be like others on the shelf or hanging on the wall. It will not have a pretty frame and you cannot take this picture via a photographer or selfie. The picture He is most concerned with is the picture we are showing others through the love of God that is in us. God wants you to know Him, worship Him and love Him. He wants you to reciprocate the amount of love back to Him that He has given you. He wants to reveal Himself through us.
You are never more like God than when you love others. You are setting yourself up for continuous victories when you are operating in the power of love. In the book of 1Corinthians, chapter 13, we are told that love never fails. Love is perfect in God’s sight, so when you operate in His perfect love, you are picture perfect through the eyes of God.
God bless you!
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