We love because God loved us first
Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not – CS Lewis
We used to sing at Sunday school – Hey kids do you love Jesus – and we’d reply yes we love Jesus – why – “because he first loved me”
To be secure in who we are we need to lay hold of and keep hold of the revelation of God’s love for you. For that will be what will sustain you through life – through the trials, through the trenches.
It says in 1 John 4:19 that “we love him because He first loved us”. In Revelation 2 we read that you have forgotten your first love. It is about returning to the revelation that he first loved us. It is this revelation that strengthens our love for Him.
Here’s another way to look at it. In John 18 we read of the disciple whom Jesus loved – this bemused me at first – was he Jesus favourite?? It occurred to me that the author of this Gospel John is the one who wrote it. Just a second – this is in the gospel according to…John…not in any of the other gospels. John had the revelation that it is about Jesus loving us – not us loving him. It is Christ’s love alone that sustains us – our souls can’t. Peter said in the same chapter “I will lay down my life for you” yet at the time of Jesus crucifixion Peter had already denied him. And it was John who was near the foot of the cross who Jesus then entrusted with his mother. Jesus loved all the 12 – but John knew it and lived it – he leaned on Jesus – showed his dependency on him.
Jesus says in John 15 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love…” He modelled this for us – He was secure in His Father’s love for Him and displayed it to his disciples – He tells them to remain / live / rest in this love.
It is in Jesus love we need to abide – then we will not be tricked by the enemy. It is about God’s love for us not what we have done or who we are. It is the only sustainable way to live – the way of love –knowing that he loved us first. It remains then all about him and not about us. I should declare He loves me!!!