We Love Him

“We Love Him” 1 John 4:19

We readily acknowledge that God’s love for us precedes our love for him. “The

LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an

everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah

31:3). His love is without beginning, without cause, without change, and without

end. God loves his own elect with an eternal love!

We gladly confess that God’s love for us is the cause of our love for him. If

he had not loved us first, we would never have loved him at all. We had no love

for God. But he loved us. In everlasting, covenant love he chose us and

determined to save us. And in time he created love in our hearts for him by his

almighty grace (Hosea 2:6-23).

But we do love him. This is the testimony of all true believers. We love our

God and Savior. We do not love him as we should, as we would, or as we shall;

but “we love him.” Those who are born of God love God. We love the triune

God as he is revealed in the Scriptures. We love everything about him because

everything about him is perfect. Show me a man who has any quarrel with

anything God is, or anything he says, or anything he does, and I will show you a

man whose heart is enmity against God. I will show you a man who is lost,

altogether without faith.

We who are born of God love God the Father, our covenant keeping God.

We love his will, his Word, his works, and his ways. We love all that he is and

all that he does. His attributes are not distasteful to us. They are his beauty, his

character, and his glory. His holiness, sovereignty, love, mercy, and truth are

the very things that cause us to love him.

We love God the Son, our Surety, Substitute, Mediator, Redeemer,

Advocate, and Friend. There is nothing about Christ that is the least disturbing

or distressing to us. We love him entirely because he is entirely perfect and

lovely. We love Christ in all his offices and works. We love him as our Prophet

who teaches us, our Priest who redeemed and intercedes for us, and our King

who rules over us.

And we love God the Holy Spirit, our Divine Comforter, Teacher,

Preserver, and Guide. His irresistible grace charms us. His witness within

assures us. His power preserves us. Because we love our God, we rejoice in

anything by which he is exalted, magnified, and honoured. And we are distressed

and angered by anything that would rob him of his glory.

Don Fortner

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