6.23.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. 1 John 4:19. We love?

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…..



  1. Suzanne on June 24, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    loving all my devotions this morning…Good scripture and good questions, Dave. After I read this, I read a devo on this…. Freely[c] you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others. Matthew 10:8 tPt … it goes on to say that everything that God is is inside of us, our flesh can not diminish his power. That, God will work through us, if we walk with Him , that we should recognize his great Glory, speak his truth, declare his love. He will overcome our human frailty.

  2. Peggy F on June 24, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Its so true, no matter what our circumstances bring, no matter what excuse our mind would conjure up to dismiss loving , we can love because He loved us first!!!! No matter what………………… John 3:16 Continued prayers…………peace

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