Love did not begin with man. It is not a worldly human creation. It is a divine creation. Love came from God to us, not the other way around. This loving action gave us the opportunity to reciprocate this action to God and to others. In 1 John 4:9, John explains that Jesus was sent to us as an act of love, to show us the meaning. Live according to God’s love and we do not need to fear judgment, living and loving freely and truthfully.
Faithful and righteous God, forgive me for not always living according to your edicts. I know that you sent your son to earth as an act of love, one that I can never repay, but I ask that you help me honor this act of love through my own loving actions. I am inspired to be more like Jesus and more like you, heavenly Father, to honor the love you have for me. I pray this in your holy name. Amen.