1 John 4:9
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.
The word “live” in this verse is defined as, “to enjoy true life”. There is only one way you can enjoy true life. You must live your life through Jesus, not through the old you. Jesus is our example. To live through Him one must learn to walk in the love of God. Jesus told us in His Word that we now have a new commandment to follow. We are to love one another as He has loved us.
When we walk in love we follow His example and are therefore living our life through Jesus. Scripture teaches us that faith works through love. Jesus lived a life of faith, because Jesus lived a life of love. To walk in the love of God is a choice we make, and it takes practice. The love of God is in our new recreated spirit. Walking in love is choosing to walk in the new you, instead of the old fleshly outer man, treating other people the way you want to be treated, no matter how they treat you.
We must also spend time with love Himself, our God. 1 John 4:16 tells us God is love, and when you fellowship with God He rubs off on you. When you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. So make the choice to walk in love, and to fellowship with God, and you will live your life through Jesus Christ. In doing so we can enjoy “true life”, the kind of life Jesus lived.