We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NABRE
John in his first letter provides detail calling us to love one another. Then he goes into a deeper meditation on what love is, where it originates and how it must be expressed. Love originates in God, because God is love, and love is manifested above all in the gift of God’s Son who dies for us. We must love one another, in fact it is essential we do, but our love is entirely dependent on God’s prior love for us. We love because love is from God, and whoever knows love knows God. We have never seen God but if we love one another God remains in us and His love is brought to perfection. We love because God loved us first. No matter who comes into life, they were with God first, God was present at their conception, God was integral to forming their spirit into their body. All come from God and return to God. If we say we love but don’t love our brother or sister then we are liars. As all God’s children, we demonstrate our love for God by loving all God’s children. In your own life, if I say I love you but hate your children my love for you cannot be true. But if I want to show my love for you, than I love your children. It seems a simple message, but it is hard to see lived every day. We forget every other person is a child of God, and when we see them as God’s child we sometimes become jealous and forget to love first. God is Father, every person’s significance to God is total. Only by loving God’s children can we demonstrate love for God.
First God loves us, forming us, bringing our spirit to life. We see God’s love for us. We turn God’s love for us toward God’s other children. We love because God first loved us. We love the lover by loving the other.
Do you love those children of God you do not know? Do you love those who do not treat you fairly?First God loves us, forming us, bringing our spirit to life. We see God’s love for us. We turn God’s love for us toward God’s other children. We love because God first loved us. We love the lover by loving the other. Click To Tweet
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