..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Devotions From the Heart: We Love Him Because He First Loved Us

by Derek Gitsham

"We love Him because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19)

There is nothing we will be able to claim when
we meet the Lord. We will not be able to say to
Him, “Didn’t we do well?” Everything that has been
accomplished by the believer, wrought in him,
will all be of God. We will take credit for
nothing in that day, as we shall know even as
we are known, that alone will be the cause for
knowing God and thanking Him forever. Even our
phrase in 1 John 4:19 shows emphatically that
“We love Him because He first loved us.”

He has loved us, and this is the supreme
confidence that lies within us that we are
children of God. Even as John says also,
“Behold what manner of love the Father
hath bestowed upon us that we should be
called the sons of God.” (I John 3:1).

He truly is first love to us, and what a
tragedy it was to read that a Church had
left their first love. He is our first love,
having loved us first before there was any
response in us. His love was unrequited,
yet still He loved with all heaven’s abandon.

What a wonder our God is! Endlessly His love
rolls on like the seas, like the tides ever
pressing up on the shores, everlasting. God’s
love is the reason why we love; to experience
His Love for us is beyond words, it is the
consummate experience, our Pentecost burned
into our hearts by His Spirit.

Who cannot love, once being loved by God?
God loving me has made me love God. “God hath
shed the love of God abroad in our hearts by
the Holy Spirit which he hath given us”
(Romans 5:5). This is the reason why
Jesus said, “I have come to send the fire
and what would I if it be already kindled?”
(Luke 12: 49). I cannot wait for the you to
know My love for you. It will be the all
saving power of God within you. A love
that saves can only be His love for me.

Praise Him today for His love for you.

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