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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: