1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
God created us to love. He created us as beings who love one another, and have the capacity to love simply for love’s sake, and not for gain. In the verses that follow 4:19, John reminds us to love our earthly brothers and sisters. If we can’t love each other, when we see and interact with each other, how can we love a God who we cannot see, John asks. I love this verse, because it reminds me of this very special gift. “We love because he first loved us.”
Holy Father, thank you for your love, and for creating me as a being who is able to love. You have created for me a family, both by blood and by faith, and I love them dearly. Help me to love more selflessly. Amen