I remember the first time a doctor checked my reflexes. I laughed when the funny-hammer-thing tapped me below the knee and I kicked him! The harder he tapped, the greater the reflex. Love for others is the reflex of Godâ€™s saving love toward us. How hard have you been struck by the love of God for you? Intimate friendship with Jesus turned a hot-tempered fisherman into John, the apostle of love. Toward the end of his life, the aged apostle reminds believers that sincere love for one another is a sure sign of friendship with Jesus: â€śHe who loves his brother abides in the light...â€ť 1 John 2:10 (NKJV) Conversely, to abide in darkness is to live a life governed by self-love... sinâ€™s distortion of the love of God.
Steve Massey is the pastor of Hayden Bible Church of Hayden, Idaho. He also writes about matters of faith for The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., where he previously worked as an editor and reporter. He and his wife, Pam, have two grown children, Jake and Sarah.