Pocket Sized Thoughts – 1 John – Part 19

This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” (4:10)

We love Him because He first loved us.” (4:19)

Within the space of fifteen verses, the word ‘love’ (either by noun, or by verb) is mentioned no fewer than twenty-seven times. It is mentioned at least twelve other times in the letter. Love was uppermost in John’s thinking. The Greek word used is ‘Agape’, a word rarely found outside the Bible. Therefore, its use all the more specifically describes the nature and actions of God. It is not easy to describe love, but more easily to describe its results. Love is not an emotional impulse. Feelings are involved but they are the effect, not the cause. This love did not begin with us. It originated with God and is entirely selfless. Because love is not selfish, God did not keep it to Himself; He wanted to share it. And, because He wanted to share it, He acted, in that, while we were still enemies of God, He sent His own Son into the world to live and then to die, for us and for our sins. This is love. God cannot act otherwise. God is love. He cannot be anything else. He is all love, through and through. Though you may search a million years for another agenda, you will not find it. The only appropriate response is to break down and love Him, because He first loved us. This is the love He wants you and I to fully know.

PRAYER :- “Lord, words are inadequate, but thank you, that in spite of ourselves, you love us, because You are love.”