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 loved us, we also ought to love one another. I John 4:10-11 (NKJV)
You may know that God cares for you, and loves you, and that He demonstrated His love for you by dying on the cross for you- but do you believe it? It is one thing to know about the love that God has for you, but another thing to actually believe it in your heart.
It is one thing to know that the sun shines on us during the day. But it is another thing to believe that the sun is still shining even though we don’t feel its warmth and all we see are dark clouds. Sometimes we are slow in believing God’s love for us when we are going through a tough time. But God wants you to know and believe that He loves you in the midst of the deal falling through, when that job is slow in coming, when you are having problems on the job or when your child still refuses to come home.
God wants to love you with all that He is and all that He has. He loves you unconditionally regardless of who you are or what you have done because His love is not dependent on you but on Himself. He will never stop loving you. The more of His love you receive, the more you will fall in love with Him. The more you fall in love with Him, the easier it becomes to walk in love with others.
Thought for the Day:
It is one thing to know about the love that God has for you, but another thing to actually believe it in your heart.
Connect & Reflect:
- What specific word or phrase from 1 John 4:10-11 stood out or spoke to you today?
- How is love defined in 1 John 4:10 different from the love the world teaches?
- Are there barriers in your life that try to convince you that God does not love you?
Scripture References: Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 4
Father, I receive your unconditional love for me. Your love is not something I have to earn or be good enough for, but it is freely given to me. While I was Your enemy, You gave the best gift (Jesus) so I may have everlasting life. With the same love and patience You have shown to me, help me to show your love to all those who I come in contact with. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)