May 30, 2019
Do you love God? I hope your answer is a resounding and unapologetic, “Yes!” And if I was able to ask you why you love God, I assume you might say that it is because of all that He has done for you, especially for providing the gracious gift of salvation made possible through His Son’s death, burial and resurrection. But do you realize that your capacity to love God is also a gift from Him. The apostle John would have us remember that we love because God first loved us. In other words, our ability to express love to God and others is not self-manufactured or the product of our own determination. It is the result of Christ’s redemptive work on our behalf and the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God in our lives. As we’ll see in this episode, God has poured His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who He has given us. And, as a result, we now have the capacity to love the one who first loved us.