The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is a God of love, the same who sent his Son to die for us out of his infinite love for his creation. The one who loves, therefore, is the one who has been born of God and truly knows God. Those who do not love do not know God, for he is love. Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and gave us his Son to die for us, and his Spirit as a pledge of his salvation.
We are part of a new family where we love one another as Christ has loved us. As God’s beloved children by faith in Jesus Christ, we are called to be imitators of God, to be like our Lord, and to care for others in love. We are, as it were, his members here in this world, as if he were living through us, right here on earth. Through our demonstration of love and good works we show the very character of Christ and the newness of life in his Kingdom.
God’s command to believers is that we who actually love God should love other people as well. Loving God and loving others cannot be separated: to love God truly is to reveal that love in acts of love to others in our lives.
Give me the power and the willingness, O Spirit of God, to obey the Father’s command to both love him and love others. Give me the mind of Christ, that I can care for others in the same way as he did for me. For his sake I pray.
While the priesthood of believers affirms the dignity and right of every Christian to access God, it carries with it the chief notion of responsibility. Christians have access to God and his Word in order that they might minister the latter in its many forms to one another. Luther’s linking of the priesthood of believers with the Word of God brings out the New Testament’s emphasis on the community and, in particular, the “one another” aspects of the Christian’s vocation.
~ Uche Anizor and Hank Voss, Representing Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. p. 82.
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