I John 4:10-11
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
How many people here saw flowers or hearts today?
I saw a lot. Why? Because it’s Valentine’s day, and because that’s what you do on Valentine’s Day…you dosomething to show your love for someone.
People are doing lots on Valentine’s day for the ones they love. I heard lots of mentions today about flowers, chocolates and dinners. Most men feel obligated to show their love to their significant other by giving a Valentine’s Day gift.
I know the love spoken of in this passage isn’t the romantic love referenced so many times on Valentine’s day, but I think there are some important parallels. We as Christians often feel obligated to do things to show our love to others.
BUT, God doesn’t want us, out of obligation, just to do something that looks like love for others.
God wants us to love Him (and others) like He loved us. From this passage, there are three things we can learn about His love for us (and therefore how He wants us to love others):
He loved us first, even though we were His enemies and had done nothing to deserve it (let alone love him first).2.
He loved us without a guarantee of returned love.
He loved us for our sake, not His.
So, how do we apply this? Love is a conscious decision, sometimes involving action towards someone who doesn’t deserve it. I would encourage all of you this week to read I John 4 and ask Christ to help you love others like he loved you (First, without a promise of returned love, and for their sake, not your own).