In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us. – 1 John 4:10
A person can disobey God… but he cannot disappoint God. A person can sin or rebel against God, and reap God’s consequences for that sin… But a person cannot disappoint God. Stop to think about it for a moment. A God who can be disappointed is a God who loves conditionally – a God who loves us when we perform well, and then withdraws His love if we perform badly. The truth of God’s love is that His love is unconditional. He loves us at all times with an infinite, overwhelming, merciful, gracious, passionate love!
God Is Love
1 John 4:7-16
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since Love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love – so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about – not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us – perfect love!
This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen from ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.
Resources: God’s Way Day by Day – Charles F. Stanley and The Message – Eugene H. Peterson