“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
“IN THIS” conjured up a picture of a huge box or container that can hold a great amount of stuff. It is as if God said, “IN HERE is real love. In My box you will find what you are looking for. And, best of all, you do not need to have any love towards Me first. The love that I give is free and complete and comes to you out of My Heart alone.”God decided it all way before we came along. He did not then, and does not now, need our help to eradicate sin. He did not consult us on the best way to bring us out of slavery to sin. He defined love eons ago, and guess what, He did not need authors, filmmakers, or songwriters to give Him a little help defining what love is. He did it all on His own, His way – the best way.
Most of us never know we walk around dead spiritually and in deep darkness. Ephesians 5:8 asserts, “For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” When we were in darkness, He brought His love – first. He is the initiator of true love. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).”
Only as I grow in receiving this kind of love can I begin to reflect His love and show it off for all to see.