“Who knows the mind of the Lord? Or who is His counselor? Or who ever first gives to Him, and has to be repaid?” (Romans 11:34-35, HCSB)
Who loves first? Who gives first? Isn’t the first lover and the first giver God Himself?
“We love because He first loves us.” (1 John 4:19)
“This is how we come to know love: He lays down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need — how can God’s love reside in him?” (1 John 3:16-17)
“Love consists in this: not that we love God, but that He loves us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the One born of Him.” (1 John 5:1)
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God — God remains in him and he in God. And we come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.” (1 John 4:15-16)
Father God, thank You that You love us first, that Your love casts off fear as it eliminates punishment. Thank You for Your wondrous gift of salvation from our sins and from the horror of eternal fire. In Jesus’ Name, may we walk in Your love. For we love because You love us. Amen.