We love because He first loved us
I cannot find a better expression to tell you about love than this, that ‘we love because God first loved us’. While we were yet sinners God loved us. So, our ability to love comes solely from God. Everything God is and does stems from love. In fact, love is the reason, love is the way and love is the life you and I ought to live. Before we talk about the expression of love let us look at the work of love in mankind.
Love is a humbling experience
Has the thought ever crossed your mind, that without the love of God, you would not exist? How did that make you feel? Empty, sad, afraid, glad, surprised, happy, thankful? Lots of thoughts running through your mind and your heart racing to lay hold on one of those thoughts in order to understand what is happening to you. Well, that is God’s love in there, knocking down your walls of self-esteem, unforgiveness, sin and trust in systems of this world. It is at this point that you begin to see your desperate need for God’s love. This experience is so humbling that many who encounter it cannot help but surrender to God for mercy. When you acknowledge your wretchedness and understand your need for God’s love you will come down from your high horses.
Love’s effect on man
(a) God’s love, when experienced, can be likened to a moment of sorrow leading to complete surrender. A surrender where one sees his/her emptiness, regret, shame, heartache and the unworthiness in this life without God.
(b) God’s love, when experienced, can be likened to a moment of uncontrollable joy when one finds a treasure which was lost. Nothing can exactly describe the shouts, jumping, singing, clapping and praises that saturates the whole place.
These two illustrations show that God’s love is powerful. Powerful enough to bring both tears and laughter. They also reveal man’s inability to take away either his sorrow or find his lost treasure. He needs God’s love. So God loves us so much that He gave us Jesus. It was love that caused the Father to give the Son. Well, God did not stop at loving us. He taught us how to love. How exactly did He do this? God brought Jesus to teach us how to love. First, how to love God, then our neighbours. So when He was asked, which one was the greatest commandment;
Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
We are products of love. We are truly sons and daughters of God if we love God and love one another. Indeed, we love because He first loved us. Don’t quench your love. Amen