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We Love Because He Loves

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"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:10


Ever wondered why you have the ability to love God? It's simple: we love God because He loved us first. Humans do not have the ability to desire or turn to God first, and God knew that, so He came to humanity in the form of a man. God's offer not only meant that He was willing to humble Himself to give humanity a chance at relationship, but it also meant that He was willing to give up His sinless Son to do it. And He did.

John uses a word translated as "propitiation" here. To propitiate means to remove wrath by the offering of a gift, and that is what God did for us through Jesus. Acknowledge before the Father right now that you would never have loved Him without His having sent Jesus to die for you, and give Him thanks.

What are several evidences of God's love for you in Christ?

The Greatest Demonstration of Love

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"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him." 1 John 4:9


God's ultimate demonstration of love for His people came in the action of sending His Son Jesus to earth to die for the sins of many. There is not a more loving manifestation of His love for us. And why did He do it? God wanted a relationship with us.

God wants to live His life continually through the lives of those He has created, and He wants those He has created to also have life. The truth is pretty simple: We get to live because Jesus does. Thank Him today that He sent His Son and now allows Jesus to live His life through you.

In what areas of your life is the life of Christ in and through you currently being hindered?

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