Yet the Bible tells us a different definition for love. It describes from cover to cover a love from God that is so unique, so unusual to what we as humans have experienced that everything else pales in comparison!
The apostle John tries to describe this love from God:
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NKJV)
John, in his attempt to describe love, starts off by explaining what it is NOT: “This is love…STOP!”
John is saying that this love is: So unique, so big, so special, so different than anything that they had experienced that there is NO COMPARISON to human love!
God’s love is so much greater than ANYTHING we know to be “love”. So much so that John needed to STOP mid-sentence to make sure that the reader doesn’t get too far ahead of where John was going in his definition of “love”.
He says it is NOT that we love God. That is NOT love! In other words John is actually saying that we don’t (really) love God the same way He loves us.
Our love has reasons and motives behind it. We love so that we can get something, or so we can benefit from what we do.
John is saying; THIS IS LOVE: “That He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” “propitiation” = Atonement, to atone for; make amends”
What that means is He atoned for; made amends, paid for our sins. And because our debt was transferred to Jesus, we can have a clean slate when we come to receive Him as our Lord and Savior!
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