Apostle Grace Lubega
1 John 4:10(KJV); Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Love begins with God. Itflows from God to man, man to God and then man to man; this is the cycle of love.
God loves us, we respond to His love and it is that very love that flows from us to fellow men.
As such, our theme scripture has revealed that the true beginning of love is not that we loved God but that He loved us.
The life of the spirit is not about how much love you express toward God but how much you respond to His love toward you.
You can never love God like He ought to be loved until you understand the place from which love begins.
More so, you can never love men like they ought to be loved until you understand that it firstly begins with God.
That is why there are those who give their bodies to be burned but are found wanting when weighed against the standard of love because their love did not begin from the place of responding to God’s love( 1 Corinthians 13:3).
That is why there are those who give away all they have to the poor but are also found wanting in love because that love did not start from responding to God’s love (1 Corinthians 13:3).
When you respond to God’s love, you will love the brethren like you ought (Phileo).
When you respond to God’s love, you will love your spouse like you ought (Eros)
When you respond to God’s love, you will love your parents or children like you ought (Storge).
FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13
Love begins with God. It flows from God to man, man to God and then man to man; this is the cycle of love.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for this Word. Love began from you and saved the world, love began from you and found me when I was lost. Love began from you and showed me mercy when I was condemned. Today I choose to walk in the understanding of the place from which love begins, and as I respond to your love for me, it flows through me to my brethren and the world around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.