This week, I'm pulling apart 1 John 4:10 to get a clearer picture of the meaning of this popular memory verse.
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." This is in the King James Version. Feel free to pull out your Bible and read it in your favorite translation.
The Bible's meaning of love is a lot deeper than mine and it includes self-sacrifice without the need to be loved in return.
This is the closest relationship, I can think of, to our relationship with God.
It was easy to love my child at birth, she cuddled in close. She could have pushed me away; I would have still loved her. After nights without sleep because of the care all newborns require, the boundaries of love were stretched, but still firm. Children grow up and push away. They are sometimes hateful. They rebel and make dangerous choices. We love them because they belong to us, just as we belong to our Father.
Not a perfect comparison. We know not all parents withstand the rebellion of children. We are sinful, but God is sinless and shows us perfect love.
Read the whole story on BellaOnline's Christian Living site. Memory Verse About Love.