We Love Because He First Loved Us
“We love, because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:19
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only
Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
Will not perish but have eternal life.”
During these weeks of Advent we have talked of Peace, Joy, Hope and now - Love. The only way I know how to talk about love is through Scripture. This is where I first found love and learned that I could love.
I Corinthians 13:4-7 describes love. “Love is patient; love is kind; and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek it’s own; is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness’ but rejoices with the truth; bears all things; believes all things, hopes all things; endures all things.” Verse 13 says “But now faith, hope, love abide these three;but the greatest of these is love.”
God’s love for us and how we can show our love for Him is repeated and taught throughout Scripture. In fact, we are commanded to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, King of Kings, came as a baby in the humblest of surroundings, to grow into manhood, to walk among us, teach us, love us. He then would walk willingly to the cross as the perfect sacrifice, loaded with all our sin and shame to die on a cross, to rise from death and sit beside His Father in Heaven….all to give us eternal life with Him. We have been given a precious gift.
“…this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast
love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an
end; they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.”
Rejoice, brothers and sisters, in this peace, joy, hope and love
we share with each other.