“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”1 John 4:10
Ah… love. It makes us stop and think. It makes us dream. If we live life long enough, love also makes us a little cynical, especially if we’ve experienced heartbreak and love unreturned. That is likely what strikes us about love. We all long for more of it, yet we are afraid to believe there is a “love that will not let me go” (George Matheson, 1882).
Because of God’s aseity (turn back to Day 4), He does not need anything from us in love. This is good news because it means that not only is He love—perfect love!—but also as He loves, He does not do so based on our loveliness or ability to love Him back. Indeed, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Unfortunately, our cynicism about love often sneaks into our relationship with the Lord. We’re a bit suspicious of such promises; we’re fragile in faith. Thankfully, in our distrust and weakness, we add nothing to His love. He loves us unconditionally even when we don’t think He possibly could.
What makes you afraid to fully trust that God loves you unconditionally? What does the cross of Christ have to say to this?
Bible In A Year
- 2 Samuel 1-2
- Psalm 136
- Ephesians 3-4