We Love Because He First Loved Us [1 John 4:19 Daily Devotional]
What is 1 John 4:19 about?
We are only able to truly love because the Lord loved us first. Jesus presented to us that perfect example of what love looks like, so we can follow that example when we get lost or confused. The important part, though, is that we are able to love no matter what.
We Love Because He First Loved Us
Looking to Jesus’s example, you can see exactly what the application here is: Love! In Jesus’s case, his love was expressed by dying on a cross for us so we may have life to the fullest. Our expressions of love won’t look like that, though. Sacrifice is a part of loving others, but Jesus’s sacrifice, in particular, was for him alone to suffer. Since he died for our sins, once for all, we don’t have to worry about that anymore. Not that any of us are sinless and could die for anyone’s sin anyway.
Not only will it look different just because we’re not Jesus, but love will also look different from person to person and situation to situation. It’s important for you to be praying about it. Ask the Lord to give you the wisdom on how to love at a certain time. That can be through serving, praying, or even giving.
Serve. Pray. Give.
Giving up your time to serve others shows that you’re willing to use your most precious resource – time – to help another person. A good thing about serving, too, is that as you continue to serve, you change as well. Your heart can begin to soften toward strangers and even the people you don’t necessarily like.
Prayer is a great way to help people through tough times. Just knowing that someone is in your corner fighting with you can mean more than the words in your prayer. Be there with people and form communities to support those around you.
Generosity helps you break the grip money has on your life. The best place to start is your local church. Find a place where you can trust to give your resources, and then find other areas where you might also be able to support financially. The church, though, should be the place where you can pool your resources and make the biggest difference.
Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice and for your example. Help me to discern how to love people in each situation I find myself in. Give me the courage to figure out what love requires of me and the strength to actually do it. It’s in your name I pray, amen.