1 John 4:19 (NKJV) We love Him because He first loved us.

God loved us when we were sinners. For “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV). God is worth loving. He is worthy. “Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13 NKJV). The Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is worthy of all our love, all of our devotion, and all of our service. Furthermore, the only reason why we can love Him, is because He first loved us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). God’s love for us is the reason why He created a way of salvation for us. But understand, God does not save us by His love. God saves us by His grace through the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace alone in Christ alone. It cost God His only begotten Son in order to save us. God did not save us by ignoring our sins. Rather God saved us by having His Son Jesus Christ be our substitutional sacrifice for the payment of our sins. This is why we love Him. It is because He first loved us. It is as the old hymn goes, “Jesus paid it all. All to Him we owe.”

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.