We love, because He first loved us.  This is one of the most striking uses of “because” in the scriptures to me.  We are able to process, receive, give, and participate in love because He first loved us.  He is the starting point, the ultimate indoctrination and initiation.   We because of He.  Dedication, loyalty, perseverance.

Such commitment should be mirrored with our relationships with fellow believers.  Our love for Him should overflow to create love for others to result in an unwavering respect and support for those that believe along with us.  With united hearts we look to Him and our common love for Him effects our attention to one another.   We may not physically see Him, but our love for one another reflects Him, and shines Him into the darkened and dimmed places.  Loving our brothers and sisters is a command fulfilled in our loving God.  Lacking love for one another brings into question one’s love of God.  The two are intertwined.  We can not simultaneously love God and disrespect or not submit to, or not care for fellow believers.  Such approach creates disunity and discord and makes the devil giggle.

John addresses young believers with this warning in the young church and it still rings true today.  Our worship, whether corporate on a Sunday, or singularly on a quiet morning, are not done in a vacuum.  Our love for He in connected for our love for one another.

{Meditations on 1 John 4:19-21}