PRAYER: Please pray for harmony in our country. Pray for peace.
DEVOTION: “We love each other because he loved us first.” – 1 John 4:19
It’s an incredibly beautiful verse. The very thought of our love. The reason why we love. How did it all come to be. Why do we love. All of these thoughts and questions, answered in one nine word verse.
The simplicity of it is incredibly beautiful.
Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to understand. Yet, in this case, there is no other explanation.
We love. Because he loves.
When we are asked why should we love the unlovable? Because he loves.
Why should we love those who wrong us? Because he loves.
Why should we love those who hurt us? Because he loves.
This isn’t an easy verse to understand all the time, right? Those questions above make this verse a hard verse, especially if we can relate to the questions posed.
This is where it gets interesting. Where the reality of it sets in. If we love because he loves, then why don’t we love all the time? Why do anger, hurt, rejection, hatred and so many other emotions rage in our culture? Because this world is not our world. This world has battles going on that we can’t even see. This world is fallen, broken, hurt.
When we see those emotions flare, what’s the answer? Love. Why? Because he loves.
Maybe it is as simple as that…..