025 My Jesus I Love Thee

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Listen to My Jesus I Love Thee

I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;

We love Him because He first loved us. (I Jn. 4:19)

God knows every person before he is born (Jer. 1:5, Ps. 139:16). He also knows man’s propensity to sin. God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. But God so loved that He gave Jesus (Jn. 3:16). His Only Son, the price He paid for man to live forever with Him. His love, suffering. His love, giving; His love, sacrificing. Because He gave, because He suffered, man can love Him. Because man can love God, man can love man. When one knows that God loves him, duty becomes delight, sacrifice becomes satisfaction, burdens become blessings. When one loves God in return, he discovers joy in the little things, love in the darkness, and hope in the grave. God’s love for mankind transforms man from the inside out. The icy heart melts under the radiance of His love. God possesses all wisdom, power, and knowledge, but God is love. It is at the core of His being, the crown on His head, the soles of His feet. He delights in loving relationship with His beloved, He rejoices in giving Himself to His beloved, He desires good for His beloved.

We may hear that He loves us, read that He loves us, think that He loves us. Only when we are alone with Him can we know that He loves us. When we know His love for us, we can love one another (v. 12). Our love for others is not our own love, but God’s love working through us. God unseen. Love seen. We are as mirrors reflecting His love in us. He showed us how to love.

Is there a block between your icy heart and the fire of God? You cannot love God and not love others—others who are just like what you were when you learned that God loves you. If you are cold, warm up in His love for you. Think not of your cold heart, rather, like a mirror, reflect on God’s love for you. His love, incomprehensible, beyond understanding, all-consuming. When you have learned His love from the Cross, you can be certain of His love for you. When you are certain of His love for you, you can reflect His love toward others. This is the foundation of the Christian walk. If you shut out that love from your heart, you shut out peace and hope and shut in misery and death. Let these words ring loud and clear in you today, “I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me, and purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.”