1 John 3:16-19 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers”(NIV)
We know God loves us because the Bible tells us, “He first loved us and sent His son to atone for our sins. We have confidence before God and will receive from Him anything we ask according to His will because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.” When we are full of the love of Jesus in our hearts, our desire is to please Him and we no longer want to sin. For all the blessings and love we receive from Him, we don’t want to let Him down. We want to do what He wants us to do. We want to serve Him. “Let us love not just in words but with actions.
When we love someone, we show them by spending time with them, by doing things for them, we talk to them, we give them gifts and we show our love by actions. So should we with God. We need to spend time in prayer, to study His Word, listen to what He wants us to do, and try to be an example to others in Christian living.
God’s love for us is unconditional…we don’t have to earn it. He gives His love to us freely. Deuteronomy 10: 12-13 (NIV) summarizes what God expects from us: to love your God, to walk in His ways, to serve your God with all your hearts and soul and to obey Him.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, repent of our sins, love and obey Him we become the children of God. We don’t have to earn His love, He meets and accepts us where we are and through His grace you will be a member of God’s family. You will be loved, protected and blessed.