By PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER,
North Kent Bible Church
Have you ever noticed how many songs through the years have been about love? From asking who wrote the book of it to communicating how much is stinks and many, many others! It seems we have an interest in the topic of love but we often miss the true meaning of love.
I John 4:10 says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” The result of our sins is death so we were in need of a sacrifice for them. God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross as the sacrifice we needed to be forgiven and brought into a whole relationship with God (atonement). Notice that true love is that God first loved us, not that we loved Him. In Romans 5:8 it says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Not only did God love us first, but He loved us when we didn’t even deserve it. Too often in our culture love is given in response, rather than given unconditionally. Someone is nice to us so we respond in love. Someone is mean to us so we do not respond in love. But God loved us even when we didn’t deserve it. He loved us even in our sin and rebellion toward Him.
Not only did God love us but His Son Jesus did as well. In John 15 Jesus says, “As the Father has love me, so have I loved you” and “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” As God and Jesus have loved us, we should love each other. Do we offer the same unconditional, undeserved love to others that we have been shown by God?