Daily Devotional: Love Chooses the Good

1 John 4:8-10

~8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son[a] into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.~

“God is love” may be the most reassuring sentence ever uttered. But what does it mean? Is God made of love? No, because lovelove and hearts is not a substance. Neither did he create love. The uncreated, unchangeable God has always known love and has always loved. There has never been a time when the Father did not love Jesus or Jesus did not love the Holy Spirit. God did not invent love. He IS love, in all its dimensions.

Love involves complete interaction between personalities—their intellects, emotions and wills. Perhaps the best way to define love is that it always chooses the highest good—for God, for others and for oneself.

In Jesus Christ, especially in his death, God has demonstrated that he will always choose the highest good for us, even when it involves his own unspeakable suffering. Of the many things we can be thankful for, the first must be that God loves us—with his intellect, his will and his emotions.

Have you thanked God today for the fact that he is always loving?


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