We Love Because God Loves Us
"We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NIV).
reason God wants us to love is because He is love, and He created us
to be like him—to love. The only reason we’re able to love is because
God loves us: "Love comes from God…because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8
We were created in God’s image to do two things on
earth: Learn to love God, and learn to love other people. Life is all
But love all started with God. He loved us
first and that gives us the ability to love others (1 John 4:19). The
only reason you can love God or love anybody else is because God first
loved you. And He showed that love by sending Jesus Christ to earth to
die for you. He showed that love by creating you. He showed that love
by everything you have in life; it’s all a gift of God’s love.
In order to love others and to become great lovers, we first need to understand and feel how much God loves us. We don’t want to just talk about love, read about love, or discuss love; we need to experience the love of God.
need to reach a day when we finally, fully understand how God loves us
completely and unconditionally. We need to become secure in the truth
that we cannot make God stop loving us.
Once we’re secure
inside God’s unconditional love, we’ll start cutting people a lot of
slack. We won’t be as angry as we’ve been. We’ll be more patient.
We’ll be more forgiving. We’ll be more merciful. We’ll give others
But you cannot give to others what you have not received yourself, and so my hope is that, as you learn how much God loves you, you’ll also let Him heal your heart so that His love can flow freely through you. It’s impossible to love others until you really feel loved yourself.
By Rick Warren