The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18
Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
No wonder the path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter until the full day. In Chapter 4 of 1 John, the writer explains that God is love; he loved us; therefore, we should love one another. Love is like that. Feeling loved is like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold day. When we begin to feel warmth within ourselves, we become able and willing to share the warmth with others. When we feel the love and trust of those around us, we learn to share that love and trust with one another and with others.
One day, years ago, our daughter was in the preschool nursery as a toddler while I taught Bible School. Sometimes the care givers rocked the babies as the preschoolers played within sight. That afternoon, our daughter rocked and loved her dolls just like she saw the care givers doing at Bible School. Of course, she had played with her dolls before this, but she learned how to play with them in such a loving way from watching and learning from her care givers.
In the same way we learn to love. God loved us so much that he sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. Since God loved us so much we ought to love one another. He taught us by his example just as the care givers taught our daughter about love in the nursery years ago. His light shines in us, because we have seen the brightness of his love for each one of us. We then share our love with one another.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for the example of unmitigated love that you have bestowed on each of your children. Help us to share love with others. May the words of your Gospel shine in our hearts and lives. Thank you for the forgiveness we have received. Amen.