Topic: We Love Because He First Loved Us [Friday January 5, 2018]
“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 KJV
Our capacity to love is not of ourselves. Yesterday, I said the world cannot love because they do not have the capacity to love. Some of you may be wondering how possible that is. The question is “what is the love of God”? Do you understand His love? If you do, you will realize that the world does not have the capacity to exhibit that kind of love.
What is the love of God? The love of God loves, not because of who you are or what you have done; the love of God loves you IN SPITE of you. The love of the world loves you when you are doing the right things. The world loves you when you favour them, but that is not the love of God. The love of God loves you even when you are dead in sin and totally far from Him. His love reaches out to you in the pit and pulls you out of the pit (that is what the pulpit is all about). The love of God keeps reaching out to you despite your response to Him in hope that someday, you will accept His love. So, when we love Him, we are simply reciprocating His love.
The love of God is reaching out to you today. Are you held down by guilt? The love of God is reaching out to you. Is your past haunting you? I encourage you to forgive yourself because the love of God is reaching out to you. Accept His love today and walk in boldness of the freedom that He has made available to you.
Further Reading: 1 John 4:11-21
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Gen. 13,14 / Evening-Matt.5:1-26
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.