Written by Donna Mitchell for The Life
In 1 John, John explains that God loved us before we paid any attention to Him — in fact, we didn’t love God. God proved His love for us — he displayed and expressed His love in the ultimate sacrifice. God sent his Son to live and die as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. We didn’t realize we needed His love or His sacrifice.
John continues to explain — God showed His love to us through the sacrifice of His Son; therefore, we should go forth and love others. Just like we didn’t know that we needed God’s love or His sacrifice, likewise, there are others all around us that need authentic sacrificial love expressed to them and proven through our words and our actions.
Father God, thank you for loving all of us, even when we are unlovable. Thank you that you love people so much that you send those who know your love to share it with those who don’t yet know you. Help us to love others sacrificially, remembering that you proved your love for us through the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus. In His name we pray, Amen!
Go deeper — Ask the Lord for opportunities to risk to love others – even if it costs you time, energy, or money. What could you do today to show love to someone?