“We love him because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19

“We love him because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19

There is no light in the planet but that which proceeds from

the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but

that which comes from the Lord Jesus himself.

From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God,

all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great

and certain truth, that we love him for no other reason than

because he first loved us. Our love to him is “the fair

offspring” of his love to us.

Cold admiration, when studying the works of God,

anyone may have.

But the warmth of love can only be kindled in

the heart by God’s Spirit.

How great the wonder that such as we should ever have

been brought to love Jesus at all! How marvelous that

when we had rebelled against him, he should, by a display

of such amazing love, seek to draw us back. No! never

should we have had a grain of love towards God unless it

had been sown in us by the sweet seed of his love to us.

Our love, then, has for its parent the love of God shed

abroad in the heart: but after it is thus divinely born, it must

“be divinely nourished”.

Love is an exotic– it is not a plant which will flourish

naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above.

Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it

received no nourishment but that which could be drawn

from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither.

As love comes from heaven, so it must feed on heavenly

bread. It cannot exist in the wilderness unless it be fed by

manna from on high.

Love must feed on love.

The very soul and life of our love to God is his love to us.

“I love you, Lord, but with no love of mine,

For I have none to give;

I love you, Lord; but all the love is yours,

For by your love I live.

I am as nothing, and rejoice to be

Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in you.”

If Christ has our love…

If Christ has our love he has our all; and Christ never has what

he deserves from us, until he has our love. True love withholds

nothing from Christ, when it is sincerely set upon him. If we

actually love him, he will have our time, and he will have our

service. He will have the use of all our resources, and gifts, and

graces. Indeed, then he shall have our possessions, and our

very lives, whenever he calls for them.

In the same way, when God loves any of us, he will withhold

nothing from us that is truly good for us. He does not hold

back his own only begotten Son, Rom.8:32.

When Christ loves us, he gives us everything we need– his

merits to justify us, his Spirit to sanctify us, his grace to adorn

us and his glory to crown us. Therefore, when any of us love

Christ sincerely, we lay everything down at his feet, and give

up all to be at his command and service. “…they did not love

their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Rev. 12:11.

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