Today's Scripture 1 John 4:19

19 We love because he first loved us.

The reason God commands us to love is because love is His nature. Jesus said that He is the vine and we are the branches, and we must abide in Him (see Jn. 15:1-5). In other words, our life is in Him. He is love, and we must draw our love from Him. We don’t have love to give by ourselves; our love comes from loving Him. Because He first loved us, we can love others. If you don’t know how to love, draw near to Christ and receive His love. Once you receive Christ’s love, you will be able to love others. Just as we can forgive others because Christ first forgave us, we can love others because He first loved us. We can love because He first loved us. We can forgive because He first forgave us. Our love comes from Him; otherwise, it isn’t genuine love.