By Lauren V. Macaraeg & AQUA Grace: Joanie Yu, Adi Pestano, Cherry De Guzman, GL Udarbe, Jhem El Mundo
“We love Him, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
What do you think is the most important thing of all?
a) Loving God
b) Knowing that God loves us
Most of us Christians are taught to love God more than we love ourselves. We are encouraged by our church leaders to show our love for God by loving others and by serving Him in ministry. And that is just right.
However, it is also right for us to dwell on God’s love for us. It’s not about being self-centered or feeling good about ourselves. We shouldn’t go to one extreme and wrongly view God as our personal genie who only exists to fulfill our selfish wishes. However, we shouldn’t go to the other extreme and neglect to enjoy God’s love for us.
It is not only important, but essential, that we know with our whole being that God loves us. Why? Because it is only when we are secure in God’s love that we can truly love Him back. “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
The foundation of our faith is the love of God. We can’t have faith in nothing; our faith needs an object. We enter a building because we have faith that it is built strongly enough to hold our weight. And we believe that the love of God is strong enough to save us.
But there is much more to know about God’s love than that it is strong enough to save us. The wonders of His love are unfolded the more we get to know Him. And a relationship between us and God grows as we grow to know this love more and more.
If we don’t know in our hearts that God loves us, we will merely serve Him like a servant serves his master or as an employee serves her boss. Our acts of service to Him will become mechanical tasks that are required by duty.
But if we delight in His love, we will grow more in love with the Lord and our service will become a beautiful outflow of our love for Him.
Even as we seek to know His love more, we should remember that it is the Lord Himself who enables us to know that He loves us. We used to be dead in our sins (Eph. 2:1). And dead people cannot feel anything – they’re dead!
It was God who gave us life and power to start to feel His love when we first came to know Him (Eph. 2:4-5). And it is also God who will enable us to continue to grow in the knowledge of His love.
We pray that the Lord Himself will empower us to know His love more and more as we continue this series!
“That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-18)