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Not that we loved God, but that he loved us

February 15, 2017

1-John-4-10

The focus of the Verse of the Day for February 15, 2017 continues to be on the love that God has for His people expressed in 1 John 4:10, to which is added verse 9 in the New Living Translation:

1 John 4:9-10:

9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day, the familiar hymn came to mind: “O How I Love Jesus” with its simple yet profound lyrics:

There is a name I love to hear,
I love to speak its worth;
It sounds like music in mine ear,
The sweetest name on earth.

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O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,

Because He first loved me!
It tells me of a Savior’s love,
Who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner’s perfect plea.

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It tells me of a Father’s smile
Beaming upon His child;
It cheers me through this little while,
Through desert, waste, and wild.

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It tells me what my Father hath
In store for every day,
And though I tread a darksome path,
Yields sunshine all the way.

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It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe;
Who in my sorrow bears a part,
That none can bear below.

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It bids my trembling heart rejoice;
It dries each rising tear;
It tells me, in a still small voice,
To trust and never fear.

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Jesus, the name I love so well,
The name I love to hear!
No saint on earth its worth can tell,
No heart conceive how dear.

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This name shall shed its fragrance still
Along this thorny road,
Shall sweetly smooth the rugged hill
That leads me up to God.

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And there, with all the blood-bought throng,
From sin and sorrow free,
I’ll sing the new eternal song
Of Jesus’ love to me.

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C. Michael Hawn discusses the history of this classic hymn of the Christian Church and points out that the text by Frederick Whitfield (1829-1904) has been a source of inspiration for more than 150 years.

Don Moen offers a special rendering of this memorable hymn of hope:

On the day after Valentine’s Day, still looking at love

February 15, 2016

1 John 4 9-10

On the day after Valentine’s Day, the Verse of the Day for February 15, 2016 continues to focus on love:

1 John 4:10 AMP

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [that is, the atoning sacrifice, and the satisfying offering] for our sins [fulfilling God’s requirement for justice against sin and placating His wrath].

The lyrics to the popular love song “My Funny Valentine” also express the following profound yet simple truth:

Stay, funny Valentine, stay.

Each day is Valentine’s Day.

And so on the day after Valentine’s Day, we are still seeking to express the essence of God’s love:

The Expanded Bible offers this rendering of 1 John 4:10:

This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son ·to die in our place to take away our sins [as the atoning sacrifice/Tpropitiation for our sins].

The Message Bible speaks of propitiation this way: “as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.”

This verse also brings to mind that everything has its price, even sin. With the Fall, all humanity incurred an overwhelming debt due to sin. In one instance the word “propitiation” is translated “reconciliation,” indicating that all of humanity had an outstanding balance on their account because of sin, but God sent His son as a “more than just” payment to reconcile our account which is now stamped “paid in full.”

The Verse of the Day makes clear that God loved us, as Logos Bible software indicates, “. . . though so altogether unworthy of love. Not that we did any act of love at any time to God, but that He did the act of love to us in sending Christ.”

We close with this reminder “We Love Because GOD First Loved Us” by Grace:

Love still prevails

February 12, 2015

1-John-4-10

Today’s blog entry comes two days before Valentine’s Day, as we take a look at a verse that continues to focus on love:

1 John 4:10 (KJV):

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

The lyrics to the popular love song “My Funny Valentine” express the following profound yet simple truth:

Stay, funny Valentine, stay.

Each day is Valentine’s Day.

And so days before Valentine’s Day, love still prevails—the love of God, the highest form of love, called agape, never fails. And every day on and after Valentine’s Day love still prevails. As 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us:

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The chapter presenting the greatest definition of the love of God closes with this reminder:

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (New Living Translation)

To Love

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;

but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Above all else, nothing is greater than God’s love.

Beyond all limits, nothing is better than

real love.

When it comes down to the salient points of life,

Nothing is free. Everything has it price

but love.

No one can make you do what you don’t want to do.

Each day you decide if you are going

to love.

Searching for the right words and the right melody:

Ballads, show tunes, doo-wops, and blues–all songs

of love.

Been round the world from pole to pole and back again,

Looking here and there and everywhere for

true love.

Define it, mine it, and then refine it, if you will.

If you seek it, you will find it, for God

is love.

Although we may graduate, learning never stops.

It is only by loving that we learn

to love.

“Lonnell, keep on and you will lose your mind for sure.”

To put on the mind of Christ is to put

on love.

Ultra refined, pure for sure, to the highest degree:

Strip away all pride and you will see

pure love.

Beyond display, more than a game of show and tell,

Read between the lines of my book and find

God’s love.

A previous blog entry written for February 14 closed with the Jim Brinkman song performed by Amy Sky: “Love Never Fails.” So during the week of Valentine’s Day, the message bears repeating:

Let us pray: God, our Father, we thank you for your love that endures. We thank you that nothing can separate us from your love and that your love will sustain and keep us. We bless you and give you praise for all that you have done for us to express your great love for us. You so loved that you gave, and in giving you allowed us the privilege of receiving your gracious gift revealed in Jesus Christ, your only begotten son, in whose name we give you thanks. Amen.