We love because God first loved us

This morning, I finally awoke to the sun shining through my window!  My old friend, the sun, was finally back from vacation.  I got dressed to go for a morning run and stepped out into the clear, morning air.  With each stride on the pavement, thoughts filled my head, and I couldn’t wait to get back to my apartment to write them all down.

One of the thoughts that filled my mind was that of 1 John 4.  This passage of scripture is definitely one of my very favorites, but there was always one portion of it that I had trouble accepting.  In the first couple of verses of this chapter, the idea that we love God only because He first loved us is emphasized.

Although I used to not really like this verse, now looking back on it, I think this passage of 1 John is even better because of the statement that God first loved us.  It enhances the passage of scripture in so many ways.  For example, it emphasizes that everything comes from God.   Truly accepting and believing this notion also paves the way for the understanding that God is sole basis from which we act, think, feel, and believe.

Another application of God being the origin of all love is present in Ephesians 3:17-19.   The verse reads, “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  In essence, the first part of this passage is saying that since we are grounded in love that comes directly from God, we will have strength and the ability to comprehend all that it means to live fully in God and Him fully in you.

There is so much more that I have left to learn, and on this side of heaven, I know that I will never be able to truly and fully fathom God’s love for each of us.  What a joy this is, though, to be reminded that we are loved solely because we are God’s creation.  It is only from this love that He has for us that we are able to love others.

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