A loving Christian is a perfect Christian. Now when I make this statement I am not saying that a loving Christian can walk on water, not that they are equal with Christ. What this statement means is a simple truth that God has revealed to us in His Word and it brings about a lot of clarity on how we should treat one another. It reveals the very nature of God and the very nature that should be inside of each one of us who call God Abba, their Heavenly Father. What I am saying is not a mystery because it has been revealed to us so many times in Scriptures, and most importantly in our lives by accepting our sinful condition. So what is the purpose of sharing this message with everyone today you may be asking yourself? Well, no different than a loving parent that wishes for their children to be better and more successful than them, I am sharing the simple message of love with you all today so you can be more equipped in your Christian walk. I will be doing this today by first sharing some very important Scripture with you and what it teaches us. Then, I will be sharing three practical applications to it. Towards the end of my message, you will not only understand God a little better but His very will for each one of us today. If you are ready for this journey, let us begin!
It is written, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit,” (1 John 4:7-13, NASB).
At the core of this Scripture, we see that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of Love. This is not something new to us because we are taught about it every other Sunday service. However, the clarifying purpose of this Scripture is to highlight that the person that does not love the image of God that all people were created in has no saving knowledge of God. This is because it is God’s nature to be kind, to give happiness, and to care for another. This is shown true by His actions. To simplify things, the law of God is love; and for everyone happy in Him has obeyed it. The very fact that God sacrificed His Son for the forgiveness of sins for humanity shows God’s glory and justice, which shows us that God is love. Not only did He send us His Son, Jesus Christ, but He also sent us His very Spirit to help us in our faith walk. There are many mysteries in this world, however, understanding this foundational truth about our Heavenly Father is not one of them. God has shown Himself to be love because we cannot come short of eternal happiness, unless through unbelief and impatience which breaks God’s law of love.
If we were to search the entire universe for love in its most glorious display can we find it? Yes, it is found in the person and the cross of Christ. This is the origin that shows that God loves each one of us. It did not matter if we loved God, because He freely loved us first! His love could not be designed to be fruitless upon humanity, and when it is properly shared with others, He reveals that it is made perfect in “us.” Thus, this provides the evidence in every believer that God dwells in them by being born again in Him. So a loving Christian is a perfect Christian. They can be set free to conduct any task or duty in this world and they will do perfectly in it. Love oils the gears of affection and enables a Christian to help others.
A person that goes about their business with ill will always do it badly. This is especially true for a Christian helping another person and is lacking the love of Christ in them. The fact that God dwells in us and us in Him were words too high in morals for humans to use, and so God had to place them before us to understand. Now, why is this important to highlight today? For anyone who knows our Heavenly Father and calls Him Abba, we are truly persuaded that they are His children. Just like we want our children to reproduce the best parts of us, He is wanting us to be made perfect in Him and to share that with others. This is how He is made perfect in each one of us and us in Him. From love to Him, we should all hate sin, and whoever disagrees with this foundational doctrinal truth has no true understanding of His will. Such testimony is the testimony of the Holy Spirit in a true believer. By understanding this, we can move forward and I would like to share three practical applications to it.
First, in understanding that a loving Christian is a perfect Christian, we must also acknowledge that this “perfect Christian” hates all sin. This is especially true for the sin that is in each and every one of us. What I mean is that a loving Christian is a repentant Christian. Since we know that God is love and that He is the light, any stains of our sins place a wedge between us and Him. We know that where there is sin, He cannot be there (1 John 1:5). So in its root, we fail to repent of our sins daily then we are not in line with His perfect love. This is because if we truly love God and call upon Him as our Heavenly Father, we would not want anything to separate us from Him at all. This is why Christ came and died for us. We have the power to remove all sin from ourselves by staying humble and repentant Christians. This is how we show our love to God. This is how we fully equip ourselves with His love. It all begins with a repentant heart that understands that nothing they can do alone is enough, and this is our first application of how to be a perfect Christian.
Secondly, a repentant Christian is a loving Christian. A loving Christian is made perfect by sharing the perfect love of God that is in them with others. This is how He is made perfect in this physical and fallen world. However, you cannot share what you do not have! If you do not have His perfect love in you, then how can we expect to reap a fruitful harvest for Him? We must first allow God to work in us through the conviction and wisdom of the Holy Spirit before His love can truly flow through us. If God’s love is not overflowing in us then we must take account of why. If you have repented of any sins that you may have committed, maybe there is a stronghold the enemy still has in you that needs to be destroyed. Whatever this stronghold is, it must be identified and truly given to Christ. We cannot be lukewarm Christians. We must be all in or we are not in at all. If we are not perfect in His love then we cannot successfully carry out His will for our individual lives. My wife always speaks of bondage and stronghold as walking around with boulders. Each time we give one to Christ we become lighter and more freedom to move for Him. This is especially true in this case because without identifying what is hindering us from giving God our all is robbing us from being made fully perfect in Him and His love.
Lastly, and most important to me, as God has no boundaries in His love neither should we. There is no time limit on how much or when we should love one another. As God loved us before we ever loved Him, we are to love others regardless if they love us or not. If they persecute us, love them enough to pray for them. If you are struggling with a brother or sister in Christ, love them anyway. If you are struggling with an unbeliever, love them anyway. If we are truly made perfect in God then we cannot limit our love with anyone. It does not matter their color, race, or religion. If God’s perfect love is in us then we cannot set boundaries for that love in us. If we do, then we are not loving perfectly like we ought to be. God’s love is perfect, and we can only be made perfect if we have this love in us and share it with others. His love has never been meant to be kept for ourselves but to share with others. A person who sets boundaries with His love is fruitless and is not made perfect in it.
Ultimately, we all want to be made perfect. However, we cannot do it without a perfect love. That perfect love that walked to and died on the cross is living within us if we allow Him to do it. However this cannot happen if we do not first come to Him with a repentant heart, fully committed, and without any boundaries for His love. When we can truly do this then we are made perfect. This is what it means when I said that a loving Christian is a perfect Christian. Isn’t this what we all want to strive towards? If you want God’s full blessings in your life and if you truly want to be used by Him, make yourself perfect in His love. We have this power in us if we are willing to do what is necessary. This power of choice was given to us by God himself, so let us make Him proud and do what He is calling us all to do. Be who He knows we can be, and love as He does. This is the purpose of my message. So please choose to be a perfect Christian, the world needs it more now than ever.