When I thought about the theme “why we love,” I immediately started singing “Because He first loved me . . .” from an old Sunday school song. Then I thought, “that’s way too simple.”
Is it so simple?
He FIRST loved us. The all knowing all powerful God who created the universe and knew us before we were born, knew our every mistake, our every sin, and who knew the very breadth of our life loved us first. Since the beginning of creation, since we were a thought in his mind, his love poured down on us.
So why do we love?
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 (ESV)
How do we truly know what love is? How do we truly love others? We know what love is because God so fully showed us that his love meant that He would create the human race, love them without reserve, have his heart broken, send his only son to rescue his fallen bride, have his heart broken again, only to rise again in love and embrace us forever. Fairytale? No, a dream come true.
I absolutely love a phrase in my son’s children’s Bible that says God’s love is a “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love” (The Jesus Storybook Bible). If God loves us this way, then this is the way we ought to love each other.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11
It’s not simple. It’s complicated. It’s not shallow. It’s deep. It’s not passing. It’s forever. It’s not just once. It’s unceasing. It’s not fragile. It’s like a million cords woven together . . . unbreakable.
His love for you is immense.
How will this change your life?
Can you look that kind of love in the face and return to life as normal?
I can’t. Each time I look on that kind of love I find myself forever changed as a result.
“So Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way
And oh, how He loves us
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us so
how he loves”
Excerpt from How He Loves by David Crowder Band
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