Daily Devotional

November 21, 2019

Love First

1 John 4:19-21
We love each other because He loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.

Written by: Tiffany Robinson

In our world, the word love is thrown around pretty carelessly. Yes, we tell our friends and family we love them, but we also say we love a TV show or a book. Love has become almost a filler word we throw into a conversation to highlight that we like something a lot. When we use it with our families, it can come out of habit or routine. Do we even realize we are saying it? Does the person we are saying it to feel loved?

Sure, we all know the difference between loving someone close to us or loving a thing or a place. No matter how we define love, those definitions are limited in our understanding. This incomplete understanding of love is dangerous because it is all about feelings and circumstances. What the Bible teaches is that love is not a noun. It is a verb.  Love is an action we should always go to first.

In 1 John 4:19, it says we love because He first loved us. God loved us so much that He sent His son Jesus to die for us. That is intense love. It surpasses any love we can give or receive in our lives. God loves us so much that He didn’t bother with our behavior or whether or not we deserve it. He took action first. He knew the rest would work itself out.

What would the world look like if we each did that with those around us? What if we took action first and loved first? Our world would be radically changed. We wouldn’t get so caught up in things that don’t matter. We would focus on what matters most: God and people.

ITP-Devo11.21Thought of the day: Who in your life do you need to love first?

Prayer: God, I pray as You increase my faith in You, You would give me the courage to share that faith with others. You have changed my life in so many ways. I want others to experience the freedom I have found in You. Please help me create a life that influences others for Your Kingdom. Amen.


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