AUGUST  2017


A ReASON TO LOVE

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 

[1 John 4:9-10]


Our beliefs only come after we ask, “Why?” When we grew as children we discovered how to ask the word that unlocks so many doors – “Why?”


Like magic, hidden things were revealed when we asked “Why?” The Lord wants us to ask Him “Why?” Most especially He wants to teach about love. So He tells us: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us.” 


In a world where we continually seek to understand the great mystery of love, God teaches us. And the answer He gives is stunning. Don’t we already know about love? Every one of us has some idea about love.


However, God’s definition of love eclipses all our concepts of the “Why?” of love. Our Father is the Master of “One-upmanship.” If we really want to understand love, then we need a point of reference. God gives us exactly that. It’s Him; it’s His love for us.


Knowing we would need more insight God demonstrates how He works. He gave us His very best. He placed His very own Son, right on our doorstep. And again He tells us “Why?” To forgive our sins. To make us whole. To bring us into right relationship with His Son’s Father. 


Everything that was wrong with us – all our mistakes, mishaps, and mangling – mercy was made for. Pride and pompous attitudes – purified and paid for. Anger and angst – abundantly atoned for. Worry and wrangling washed in the crimson tide of God’s Wounded Word made flesh. Everything that negated our names from the Book of Life nailed to the tree to die with Him as He died for us.


Then God’s rhetorical “Why?” issued back to His newborn children. He asks us, “If this is what I have done for you, then can’t you do the same for each other?” Ought we not to love one another, as I have loved you? Didn’t I do enough for you when I sent My Son – My Child, My Firstborn; My Christ, My Firstfruit?


The price God paid for us was astronomically without measure, far more costly than anything money can buy. God purchased our sorry souls that He might bring us back to His Garden – to dwell with Him for Eternity in Eden. Let’s give Him all the praise, glory, and honor. “Why?” Because He gave us a reason to love.

FIRST FRUITS FIRST

First Fruits First is a monthly devotional newsletter intended to encourage the believer. The principle of First Fruits traces back to the Hebrew Scriptures where the people of God offered back to Him the first portion of what was earned, received or produced in grateful acknowledgement of His provision.


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