When we love others, God’s love is complete. Today as I think about this it reminds me of an electrical circuit. From my days in shop class , eons ago, I remember-If the circuit is incomplete the light won’t come on. If we choose to not show God’s love to another, it’s like breaking the circuit. And the world and certainly the person are left not experiencing the light and love God intends for us all. The first “if” in this passage is probably best understood as “since.” Since God so loved us to make Christ known, we should love. The second “if” however is up to us. If we make love known, and we might or we might not, is how we might best hear this. If we make love known, God’s love is perfected, made complete. Abiding in us and flowing through us in that circuit. Sisters and brothers, keep that circuit of love open.
(Thank you to Carolyn Hetrick for this reflection, found on Facebook)