God Is Love

God loves. Not in the pillow of a pretend animal but rather with the outstretched arms of a real human body encasing a beating but breaking heart (John 3:16). Through Jesus, God communicated His extravagant and sacrificial love for us.

"God is love." 1 John 4:16

In his first of three letters to early Christians, the apostle John boldly states that God Himself is love. “We know and rely on the love God has for us,” he writes. “God is love” (1 John 4:16).

“Bear” was a gift for my grandchild—a heaping helping of love contained in a giant stuffed animal frame. Baby D’s response? First, wonder. Next, an amazed awe. Then, a curiosity that nudged a daring exploration. He poked his pudgy finger at Bear’s nose, and when the Bear tumbled forward into his arms he responded with joy joy JOY! Baby D laid his toddler head down on Bear’s fluffy chest and hugged him tightly. A dimpled smile spread across his cheeks as he burrowed deeply into Bear’s cushiony softness. The child had no idea of Bear’s inability to truly love him. Innocently and naturally, he felt love from Bear and returned it with all his heart.

John goes on, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). When we believe we’re loved, we love back. God’s real love makes it possible for us to love God and others—with all our hearts.

What do you find is most amazing about God’s love for you? How will you reveal His love to others today?

Dear God, You love us so much more than we can even comprehend. We thank You for Jesus, who died and rose again so that we can be free to live in eternity with You. Help us to grow to love You more each day and let Your love shine through us to others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Today's Scripture: 1 John 4:13–19

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 24–25; John 5:1–24

Reference : Our Daily Bread By Elisa Morgan