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December 12, 2013

December 12, 2013

"We Love Because God Loves Us"

“We love because He first loved us.”1 John 4: 19

The reason God wants us to love is because He is love and He created us to be like Him. We’re able to love because He first loved us.

We were created in God’s image. That sometimes is confusing. People sometimes mistakenly think it means He has two eyes, a nose, a mouth and two ears. God’s image is love. There are two things He wants us to do on earth: learn to love Him and each other.

It all starts with God. He loved us first and then gives us the ability to love others. The only reason you can love God or anybody else is because God first loved you.

He showed us that love by sending Jesus to earth. He showed us that love by creating each one of us. He showed that love by everything we have in life; it’s all a gift of God’s love.

In order to love others and become great lovers, we need to understand and feel how much God loves us. We don’t want to just talk about love or read about it or discuss it. We need to experience love. To do that, we first turn to God.

We want to understand how much God loves us. He loves us unconditionally. There is nothing we can do to 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 have been. We’ll be more patient. We’ll be more forgiving. We’ll be more merciful. We’ll let others have grace.

In order to do that we have to understand something: we cannot give what we have not received. So I pray that you will find God’s love and know how much He really wants to heal your heart so that His love can grow freely through you.

It’s impossible to love others until you really feel loved yourself.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don