Bible Reading: 1 John 4.7-12
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God; and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 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. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so love us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4.7-12
Take some time this morning and meditate on the great love of God. As 1 John 3.1 says, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are”. Christian, stop this morning and fix your eyes on this amazing truth. We are greatly loved by our Father in heaven.
At times it is tough for us to truly see, receive and accept such love. The clouds of pain from wounds and hurt caused by those who were to love us, but instead hurt us can make it hard to truly accept God’s love for us. There were maybe words that beat us down and stick with us still today from those who were to love us that now cause us to not see God’s love for what it is. The hurt and broken trust is real and truly heartbreaking, but know that God loves the brokenhearted and the hurting with a love like no other.
The Father does not love with mere sentimental words, but with loving action. The Father has demonstrated His love for us by sending Jesus to be “the propitiation for ours sins” that we might have eternal life. We are not deserving of such love, but as the apostle Paul says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5.8). Christ’s death is the wrath-removing sacrifice for us. Even though we disobeyed God He loved us in giving His Son to become our sin and bear God’s wrath for us on the cross, so that we would become the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5.21). The world’s philosophy is “love those who love you”, but that is not how God loves. He loved us first, taking the initiative, while we were deep in sin, living in disobedience and not loving Him.
God’s love for us brings us into intimate fellowship with the Father and produces in us love for others. Those born of God take on the character of God demonstrating the same sacrificial love of God. Now that we have an abiding relationship with God we are to love like Him.
See and remember God’s love today and praise Him for who He is – God is love. Since we know such love let us love others today as God has loved us.
Weekly Memory Verse: Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3.2-3