Characteristic of Love Series: It gives…and is meant to be received.
“For God so loved the world…He gave His only begotten Son…” John 3:16
My dad has this saying that always touches my heart, “The cross didn’t gain God’s love for us…it came from His love for us.” God already loved us when He gave His all.
So often we want to deserve God’s love, which really means we want to earn it, but can we? I say no, true love is not earned. True love gives without expecting anything in return. God gave His all at the cross knowing not everyone would love Him back and He did it anyway. Jesus didn’t die just for those who would say yes…that is true love. True love gives.
We may not be able to earn it, but we can receive it and then respond from there. Receiving leads to response…love and giving in return (to God and to others). This is God’s order otherwise we may just become religious robots doing our “duty” as Christians and I am pretty sure Jesus didn’t die so we would be dutiful.
We were designed to receive and then respond, otherwise we can get all out of whack. We begin a steady decline of trying to earn God’s love; a decline that leads us away from intimacy. We need to let God love us and from that let our works line up…give from a place of having received a love as great as this (John 15:13).
Best summed up: receive and respond…a little R&R.
Characteristic of love #4: it gives and is meant to be received.