We love him, because he first loved us.
(1 John 4:19 KJV)
Meet Zack, the most adorable dog ever. When we first moved to the neighbourhood a few years ago, Zack just liked us for no apparent reason. We never owned a dog and if anything, we were certainly not dog lovers. But Zack quickly changed that. He would run over to say hi and roll over the grass in excitement every time he saw us. It’s no wonder that he soon became our favourite dog and we looked forward to see him.
In today’s verse, the apostle John reminds us of another love that was expressed first: God’s love for us. You see, there was nothing we could do to make Him love us. He just did. And because He did, He did His best to show it. He sent His Son to die for us, He sent His Holy Spirit to live inside of us and He’s preparing a place for us, and not to mention the various blessings He showers us with everyday. Therefore, you can’t help but fall in love with such an amazing God!
Someone once observed that when spelled backwards the word “dog” is God. Zack’s love is an example of the love God shows towards everyone even when they are not seeking it. And when received, it’s gladly exchanged.
Love received is love reciprocated.