Today you should read: 1 John 4:7-21
Love is such a fickle word in the world today. It’s tossed out when talking about the food we posted on social media at lunch yesterday or the movie we saw this past weekend. We use it when talk about our sports teams or our hobbies. We’ve used in when talking about relationships and friendships that have sometimes disappointed us later. What exactly is love anyways? Today’s scripture shows us that love is beyond all of these examples because the author of love is God and He provides the greatest example of love in His Son. He starts off by encouraging us to love one another as Christians and then defines that love by starting with Himself. He next says one cannot truly know what love is without knowing God. Sorry but this means that Taylor Swift or the latest Nicholas Spark’s movie/book is not the greatest example of love unless it starts with God. And what’s the example of love that He gives us since He shows us that He’s the author of it?
 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
(1 John 4:10 ESV)
His example is that He loved us first and what His Son did on the cross to save us from our sins as a substitutionary atonement. To know what love is we need to know that God loved us first as the author of love and true love is sacrificial love rooted in Jesus as we abide in Him. If we don’t view love the way God described it then we will see that the worldly love we are used to will leaved us disappointed and fearful. This is also why the apostle John says that God’s perfect love casts out fear and punishment. We yearn for love but get an artificial type from the world. Experience true love that only a perfect loving God can provide.
Posted by: Erik Koliser