He Loved Us First

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. . . . We love Him because He first loved us.”  

1 John 4: 7-10, 19

“In less than 5 minutes, I could list a thousand things wrong with me—from jacked-up stuff I did last week to the jacked-up stuff I’m probably gonna do tomorrow.  Sometimes I want to ask God, ‘Why do you even bother? Why not quit playing, take your ball, and go home?  Why not give me what I deserve? Why bless? Why comfort? Why forgive?’  Well, I have come to realize that the answer is very simple: love.”  

Keion Jackson in Because Jesus

Thank you Father, Son, and ever-present Holy Spirit for the deep and endless gift of sustaining love!  Where would any of us be, even those that don’t yet believe in You, without Your love that is foundational to every good thing in our world? Enable my mind, heart and soul to soak up the absolute truth and reality of Your goodness in every circumstance because You ARE love.

[Scripture and quote selection plus responsive prayer by Laura Dilworth]

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