“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.”  
1 John 4:10

I remember walking one day and saying, “I love you, Lord, because You first loved me”  and a feeling of guilt came.  Shouldn’t I just love Him, not because He loves me?  1 John 4:10 says that it is not about my love for Him, but all about His love for me!

Under the law (Deut 6:5) and even while Jesus walked on the earth before His death (Matt 22:37), we were told to love the Lord, with all our heart, soul and strength.  But at the cross, He became the fulfillment of this law for us when He loved us with all His heart, soul and strength, by laying down His body and life on the cross for us.

We are not under the law anymore.  We are under grace!  His unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor.  Grace says that He loves us, not that we have to love Him.  But, we will love Him when we see His love for us!  While we were yet sinners, Jesus died for us! (Rom 5:8)

So, rest in God’s love for you!  You are righteous with His righteousness through Jesus. (2 Cor 5:21)  It’s between God and Jesus, not you.  Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and the price has been paid.

Lori Rola

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