1 John 4:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 We love because he first loved us.
Where does love begin? Love – that unselfish and unconditional emotion that drives us to our knees in worship, to forgiveness when broken, and to give to others beyond where common sense ends.
The Bible tells us we love because God loves us first.Our love flows from God’s bottomless well of devotion for us. He initiates the relationship He wants with us, drenching us with His love as He adopts us as His children.
We worry when we can’t love others as He told us in the greatest commandment – to love Him and to love others. We can’t do this on our own. But God loves with an everlasting love.
The power of His love within us fuels our love when human love is running on empty. He plants His love within our hearts so we can share Him with others. We draw from His endless supply.
Love starts with God. God continues to provide His love to nourish us. God surrounds us with His love. We live in hope and draw from His strength, all because He first loved us.
From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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