1 Peter 4:7-12

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 

8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 

9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 

11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

The essence and foundation of Christianity is love. It is based not on our desire to love but it is fist based on God’s love toward us.

It is God’s love that provides grace.

It is God’s love that desires an intimate fellowship with us.

It is God’s love that despises sin, unholiness, and evil.

It is God’s love that provides the path to be with God through Jesus Christ.

It is God’s love that allows us to be His children through faith in Christ.

If God’s love is the foundation of salvation, then it is ultimately God that is love. He is not some cosmic killjoy sitting on a throne watching for the moment we fail and then judging us. God’s deepest desire is to embrace all of mankind. Unfortunately, that is not mankind’s desire at all. Our desire is to be our own God and throw off any sense of responsibility toward anyone that is above us. That is why our essential disposition is not love but selfish desire.

Once you choose the path toward God, faith in Christ as the only way to get to God, then you have chosen love. Your choice to love God is not your own. It is a response to God’s love.

Love must be complete in order to be love. Love must be pure in order to be love because God is pure. It is not enough to say you love God. Love must encompass everyone. Love is not a feeling where you fall in and out of it. Love is a decision. Love is an act. Love is on purpose.

We are called to love like God loves, unconditionally. Regardless of what other say, or do to you, your response has to be out of love. Hate has no place in God’s reality. Everything God does is out of love and everything we do must be out of love.

May God’s love be so ingrained in me that I may reflect it toward anyone I come into contact with today and throughout all the days of my life.