“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
An old professor of mine once posed a question to our class. He asked us "Would you live differently if you were fully convinced of Jesus' love for you?"
We know that the human mind cannot fully comprehend the wonderful and majestic blessing of God’s love for His people. However, I must admit, the power of that question in class still causes me to pause all these years later.
Consider the question for yourself.
To ask the question in a different way: “How does the love of Christ affect your daily living?”
Does it shape your decision-making?
Does it calm you while you drive in rush hour traffic?
Does it strengthen you in the midst of life’s storms?
Does it change how you give of your time, talents, and treasures to benefit the people around you?
Most importantly, do you feel his unfailing love for you today? If not, would you let Romans 8:37-39 encourage you?
What my professor was hinting at was that a true understanding of Jesus’ love for us would and should change everything in our lives. Jesus’ love for us increases our gratitude and reduces our shame. It gives us confidence and heals our brokenness. It speaks to our impatience and whittles down our rough edges—when we allow it.
I am encouraged that we are a church so impacted by the love of Jesus that it causes us to reach out to the world. We are a church whose hope in Jesus allows us to bring light into the darkest places. And we can accomplish all of this because, “we love because he first loved us.”
What if the spark of revival comes when we begin to understand his love for us and the world in a deeper way?
That’s what I’m praying for-that we would have a profound revelation of God's love that would change us from the inside.
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39