Why We Love

Author: JT

1 John 4:10

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

Most people understand that as Christians we are supposed to love others, but what does that love look like? The love we often see in the world is based on a give and take. It has a “what’s in it for me” attitude. This is not how God defines love.

The verse in 1 John contains the secret to why we love. We love because God first loved us. As mentioned in Kolby and Amanda’s pervious devotionals, God loves us more than we could ever know. It is this love that empowers us to show the same love to others.  We are called to love others not because they have done anything to deserve it, but because it’s the example God showed us first.

This week the challenged is to take a look at the “others” that directly surround you. Your family, friends, coworkers, etc. Is the love you show them based only on what you can get back? Or is it the type of unconditional love God first gave us? I pray for and challenge you to work towards the latter.

In the apple of God's eye

Feb. 20th, 2017
Author: Kolby G. 

Psalm 139:13-15 (NRSV)
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
  Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
  My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
  intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

I was on the swim team in high school. It was a big part of my life and consumed much of my time. Around mid-November my Freshman year, I completely shaved my head for the Regional Championships so I could swim my fastest times.
One of my teachers at the time (I’ll call her Ms. K) had breast cancer, and she was finishing up her last few sessions of chemotherapy. All of her hair had fallen out from chemotherapy, so she always wore a wig to cover up her head.
A few days after the Regional Championships, I was walking into Ms. K’s class and noticed that she wasn’t wearing her wig. She stopped me at classroom door and said, “I was amazed at how brave you are to walk around with no hair. I told myself that if you aren’t ashamed, I shouldn’t be ashamed either.”
In Amanda’s devotional last week, she talked about how the same God who created incredible things like mountains and mitochondria looked at the world and knew that it needed one of you. I don’t know what struggles you are currently going through, but I do know that--at the end of the day--the same God who created the universe and everything in it made you and thinks you’re beautiful. That same God welcomes you to a life of peace and love. That same God invites you with your weaknesses to be a light to the world and a vessel of God’s love to others for the sake of the Kingdom.
It’s my prayer this week that you know that God loves you. God is crazy about you. You’re the apple of God’s eye. You were fearfully and wonderfully made in the very image of God. And wonderful are God’s works.

How He loves us

February 14th, 2017
Author: Amanda D. 

John 3:1-2 “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know Him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.” NLT

It is impossible to comprehend how much God loves us. His love is wider and deeper than any love we could imagine. God saw us in our sinful state and loved us enough to pay the price for our salvation (John 3:16). God showed us his love by giving us the gift of salvation. But he didn’t just save you. He also created you intentionally. He chose your DNA and your gifts because he loved you uniquely. There may have been a time in your life when you wished you had different characteristics but God never did. God is the creator of so many special things from mountains to mitochondria and God thought you needed to be created. He loves you uniquely and he showed that when he created you and sent his son so you could remain in his love. As you go through this week, remember that you are incomparably loved as a child of God!