Music for May 29

Sam Pagel May 24, 2016

1 John 4:19
We love, because He first loved us. 

This one small sentence is so packed with truth about a sinner’s relationship to God. The believing sinner’s love is only present because God’s love was there first. A Christian’s love doesn’t just happen, it has to be preceded by the perfect love of YAHWEH. That truth leads me to think of the negative alternative. Without the gracious love of God, a sinner can neither produce love or know true love. Ten verses before, John writes, “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” If that were untrue, if God had not manifested His love in us through the sacrificial sending of His Son to become our sin, we would not know true love. We would be lost in darkest night. We would gladly follow our sin to the grave … what a terrifying thought! And yet, because of God’s love, we not only know true love, but are able to sacrificially love one another and truly love our God and savior, Jesus Christ!


Glorious and Mighty
Before the Throne
Man of Sorrows
All I Have Is Christ

Grace and Peace,