Day 2: Where Does Love Come From?
Where Does Love Come From?
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”
We all long for love. We long to be loved and to give love. Love is powerful, significant and highly sought after. But where does love come from? Is it something we work for and earn or is it freely given? Are there certain characteristics that make us worthy of being loved or someone else worthy of being given love?
In this passage we find a lot of things that seem to oppose our natural way of viewing the world. In a world focused on finding recognition in things or achievements we have been saved by our faith. Instead of lamenting and complaining about our sufferings we are to rejoice in them. In a culture that requires perfection a perfect God is giving his life for wretched sinners. In a world where love is so fleeting and only gained gradually, where we are hesitant to love others even in small amounts, God pours his love out for us. He doesn’t give us the bare minimum, but fills us to the brim with his overflowing love for us. His love is not something we can ear, in fact we cannot possibly try to earn it because he loves us at our worst. If God loves us at our worst then love must come from his very nature. The character of God is love and the way he relates to us is love. As we seek to grow the fruit of love in our lives we need to ensure it is a love that comes from God, that our foundation of love is the love he has poured into the deepest parts of our hearts.
If God’s love has been freely given to you, how can you embrace it?
Are you still trying to earn his love? Are you trying make up for what you have done or have not done?
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Prayer: Jesus, I know that love comes from you, and you alone. Remind me daily that your love is not based on anything I have done, but on your nature. May I lean daily into that love and continue to feel your pursuit and your power in all circumstances. Thank you for first loving me. Amen.