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“Lord, Thanks for Loving Me”

Happy Jesus Day:

Because you loved me first, how blessed am I (1 John 4: 19). If John is writing about how we should express God’s love to others. If love originates with God, then the one walking with God should demonstrate love. God asks so little from us but gives His love so freely. To love God means to Obey Him; we all have heard this before especially considering that His commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5: 3). John reminds us that our love should be sincere love like the love our Father has for us. We should not simply love with words, but with sincerity in deeds{1 John 3: 18}. Loving in truth and sincerity is so important. John lists it as a logical next step after believing in Jesus. “This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us” {1 John 3:23}. But God hasn’t simply told us to do something He hasn’t done first; instead, “we love Him because He first loves us {1 John 4:19}. That settles that!

CIRCA 1988

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