We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NIV)
Christ gave Himself as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. To know Him and be joined to Him creates a love in us that reflects His love. Faith unites your soul to Christ in a union of love.
A. W. Pink in his book Studies on Saving Faith says, “If we are to properly preserve the balance of truth, we must note carefully the manner in which the Holy Spirit has rung the changes on ‘believe’ and ‘love’ in the New Testament.” Pink is concerned about people who say “Yes, I believe” but there is no change in their lives.
All things work together for good to them that love God. Romans 8:28
The things which God has prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
A crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me in that day; and not to me only, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8
The crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him… James 1:12
Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love. 1 John 4:8
Peter talks about “trials that come so that your faith may be proved genuine…” Here’s how that happens: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Pet. 1:7-8).
Here’s the faith that is proved genuine. Here’s the faith that endures trials: Faith that loves and trusts Christ—even when it faces great trials, it still loves Him. You can’t see Him, but you love Him and you find joy in Him.
Do you love Christ?