Dying to Love

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. – 1 John 3:1 

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The Scriptures clearly speak of God’s love for His children, but how is it possible for our God to love us? Is it because we are so lovable? Is it because we are obedient examples of His holiness? Is it because we love Him? The gracious answer to each of these questions is a resounding, “No!” God does not love us because of who we are. He loves us, because He is love; because His Son, God-incarnate, removed His own Father’s divine wrath by dying in our place. God loves us, because He loves His Son and by the presence of the Holy Spirit, that Son indwells His children (those who believe). 

Why then, in the presence of such great love, should we find it so difficult to love one another? Could it be that we struggle to love because of a sinful, selfish attitude that proclaims, “It’s all about us and not our Savior.” 

Lord, help us die to the need to have things our way, then we will truly know Your love, both within and without. 

When the people see that you truly love them, they will hear anything from you. Oh therefore, see that you feel a tender love for your people in your hearts, and let them perceive it in your speech and conduct. Let them see that you spend and are spent for their sakes. – Richard Baxter 

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