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.