OUR DAILY BENEFITS DEVOTIONAL | Pastor Atubo George
“Herein 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 like the way John puts this and it’s just the truth. “Not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” We couldn’t have loved Him even if we wanted to because He’s love. Meaning we could never have initiated this love affair. When we say no man who is not born of God can love, I wish I can sound it so clear.
You hear someone say, I prefer unbelievers than church people when it comes to a relationship. Truly, that’s disaster going somewhere to happen.
Now you know this Scripture in Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” I have the permission of the Lord to say this; this scripture ought to have been rendered, “And thou shalt receive the Love of the Lord thy God….”
Why you may ask? It’s because the first commanded couldn’t have been a commandment to do what we couldn’t do. Man couldn’t have been commanded to love God when man didn’t have love.
This first command was actually an invitation to receive the most important thing. It was an invitation to receive the Holy Spirit who is the one to produce love inside us. So it was a command to believe in and receive the love that God has given us.
Now what’s the second commandment? Love your neighbor as yourself. The truth is you can only give out the measure of love you have received. The kind of love you have received from God will show how you relate with people.
If you catch a revelation of God as a forgiving God, you’ll see how easy it is to forgive people. If you know God as a blesser, that’s who you will be to others. So in truth, you mirror what you receive.
Our job as God’s children is to take from the spiritual realm and make it physical. The world cannot see God, but we know Him and when they see us love, they see Him.