1 John 4:10–11
In this is love, not that we have 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.
Written by: Ian Rock
We live in a culture where love, trust, and affirmation are earned over time. If we’re attractive enough, act in the right way, say the right things, have the right level of success, and have the right personality, we might have what it takes to receive attention from those around us. But the moment that any one of those things begins to fade, that love is jeopardized. While we don’t expect others to have it all together, we naturally expect them to keep it together once we’re in a relationship with them.
The wild thing about today’s reading is that it speaks about God’s predetermined plan to show us His love and give us the opportunity to believe and receive it. Long before we were born, God made a way for us in and through Jesus. It also means that He knew everything about us—the good, the bad, and the hidden—and didn’t waver in His decision to love and adopt us into His family. He loves us in spite of our past and gives us promise for a better future. In terms of today, He loves us as we are, not as we should be. Even when we miss the mark, His love for us is unwavering.
No matter what your story has looked like so far, it brings God great pleasure to offer His love to you. Remember that a relationship with God isn’t something you achieve, but something you choose to believe and receive. It’s a gift that has eternal implications.
If God can love us in spite of our shortcomings, we’re called to do the same for others. In finding a way to love those around us that are hardest to love, we’re giving them a glimpse of a God that loves them even more.
Thought of the day: The final part of this passage tells us to give God praise for what He gave us through Jesus. Spend some time thanking God for His goodness and the second chances He freely gives.
Do you think it’s possible to love somebody the way God loves us?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You. Thank You for making a plan to rescue me. Thank You for choosing me, even in the midst of my imperfection. Thanks for giving me a chance to be a part of Your family. Teach me today that I can show love to others by giving them the same grace You’ve given me.