by David Nunez
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation (once for all sacrifice) for our sins.” 1 John 4:9,10
This verse speaks volumes in terms of how God has pursued us. There is something specific I want to key in on for this devotional, and it comes from verse 10,” In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us…” I believe the most refreshing thing about the love of our King is that His love toward us is not just the love we have for one another (Phileo), but because the very personhood of our Father IS love- then everything that He exhibits is love beyond magnitude, and He gives it to us in His spirit (agape).
Have you ever worked so hard for something and didn’t end up getting what you wanted? Me too, too often that is the result of a long list of our battles between us and the world. What if I told you God’s love is different than an earning and achieving system? What if it is on a totally different spectrum where there isn’t any room for earning and achieving, yet a being and receiving system? How can this be? Because the love of our God isn’t based off of how ‘good’ of a person we are, or even how ‘good’ of a Christian we are.
Unlike Phileo, where the love of a friendship is grown- Agape is received once for all, every ounce of love of the Father is ours. There is no room in this spirit of ours as believers where the Father isn’t found. It is His room, and is where He dwells. (1 Cor. 3:16,17)
Over and over our Father loves us intently, no hang ups, no gimmicks, no lies, no distance, and no progressive earning of that love.
God’s personhood is love, and receiving His spirit means we get to be in His love
AT ALL TIMES.
[See Romans 8:38,39]