God's Love for Us"
“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19-ESV)
Let us reflect on the second part of the verse: “He first loved us.” God’s love for humanity has always been in action, even before creation; for God is love. God proved His love for humanity in that He created Adam and Eve, knowing that He would one day have to send His Son to die for them. He further proved His love in that He sent His Son to die, not for a humanity that had turned to Him, but rather, a humanity that had rejected Him.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8-NKJV).
Christ came and died for us, knowing that we may never accept His love. This love was demonstrated not as a result of who humanity was or what humanity had done, but for who He was: LOVE.
Therefore, as Christians, our love comes from a heart of gratitude for what He has done for us. To further elaborate, a commentary puts it this way:
“Christian love is a gift from God, demonstrated supremely in the cross. God’s love always takes the initiative, and the love of Christians is a response to that love. Likewise, all morally good human actions are good not because they conform to some arbitrary human standard of good but because they are rooted in imitation of the morally perfect character of God and conform to God’s commands.”
Have you accepted God’s love for you? If God is love, and you don’t know God, doesn’t that mean you don’t know love either?
If you have accepted God’s love and you are a Christian, do you love in response to what God has done for you? Do you love others with the same unconditional love that He has for you?
Zach Washington – New Hope Baptist Church