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The Source of Love

1 John 4:8 (ESV) … “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Biblical love finds its origin in God. He is the source—an infinite spring of divine kindness and care. From him Christians can draw and find refreshment both for themselves and for others. Unfortunately, we often neglect this marvelous resource and attempt to summon up human love from the depths of our own imperfect hearts. This kind of love not only runs out quickly but also lacks the purity and vitality of love that has come straight from God. If you are having a difficult time loving someone who is not exactly lovable, revisit the source of love. Contemplating his love for us, though we don’t deserve it, enables us to love others. Remembering Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross helps us show kindness and generosity to others. He provides an abundant supply of love long after your reserves have been depleted.

Barton, B. B., & Osborne, G. R. (1998). 1, 2 & 3 John (p. 92). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.

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