God?s love is the beginning and end of all things. God is love, and to walk with Him means to walk in love. This love is practical and powerful and not something merely sentimental. It is measured by the cross where God showed us the true nature of love in the sacrifice of Jesus.
God?s love never lowers the standards of His righteousness. Jesus? love led Him to atone for sin, but never to tolerate it. His sacrifice dealt with God?s righteous anger against our sin and, through it, we can now let that love shape us into the character of Christ. Because He loved us we can learn to love truly, in word and deed.
You can only really know what love is because God showed it to you when He sent Jesus to die for your sins. Once you receive this love you can truly begin to live a life of love. You love God because He first loved you.
Lord Jesus, please help me to receive the Father?s love and to live only in the light of that love. Thank you for loving me before I could ever have understood what it meant to love You.
In order to obey the call to live a life of love you must first understand the Father?s love for you. Without that, you don?t have a true measurement of love or a character strong enough to carry it. Learn to grow in your understanding of God?s love and begin to show that same love to others ? both to strangers and those who are close to you. Think how you will do that practically in your life today.
Read: 1 John 4:7-11