1 John 4:19 – He Loved First #121

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is a day where people choose to celebrate their love for others. It’s a day full of a lot of chocolates, gifts, and cards. Colby and I never do much to celebrate, but we do use it as an excuse to get each other a card and spend some good one-on-one time with each other.

This day isn’t just about the love between a couple. The only reason any person is able to love others is because God first loved us. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” Before you and I were even here, God made the decision to love each of us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for all of us. Our love for God and for others should always be in response to His love for us.

Whether you spend Valentine’s day by yourself, with friends, or with a spouse, remember that it’s God’s love for you that matters. His love is unconditional and isn’t based on what you do to earn it, but is based on His grace. Despite all the trials you are in and all the challenges you might be up against, He made the choice to first love you. In the middle of a Hallmark holiday, it’s His never-ending love that should be celebrated the most.

Not just on this day, but on any day of the year ask God that His love would overflow through you onto others so all would come to know the most important love ever, the love of our Heavenly Father.

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  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 08:51h, 15 February Reply

    i hope you had a wonderful day with your love!! thanks for all of the sweet comments on my blog and Instagram. i appreciate you!!!

  • Marci Smith
    Posted at 09:09h, 15 February Reply

    I hope you had a great day yesterday! This is extremely inspirational and I hope that I took time yesterday to focus on God’s love throughout the holiday celebrations

  • Tania // Run to Radiance
    Posted at 09:29h, 15 February Reply

    Amen! I love Valentine’s Day because I always feel so loved in every season by the Lord. Oh, and also I really like the pink, glittery hearts! 😀

  • Ally | The Speckled Goat
    Posted at 09:34h, 15 February Reply

    So true!

    I attended a marriage retreat this weekend, and the speaker talked about the cycle of love. God loves so we love!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 11:18h, 15 February Reply

    This just makes me smile since we’re doing the bible study on 1st, 2nd 3rd John 🙂

  • Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
    Posted at 12:25h, 15 February Reply

    ” In the middle of a Hallmark holiday, it’s His never-ending love that should be celebrated the most.” Beautifully written, Caroline! 😀

  • Mary Collins
    Posted at 12:41h, 15 February Reply

    Excellent reminder for all of us who are followers of Jesus Christ. The ultimate gift of love of human sacrifice matches no other love.

  • Aly
    Posted at 13:06h, 15 February Reply

    Amen sister!

  • K. Entwistle
    Posted at 14:50h, 15 February Reply

    Valentine’s Day can be such a hard day for so many people. Our own insecurities and desires can be heard so loudly, even when we know in our hearts and our heads that what you have said is true. Every word.

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 17:09h, 15 February Reply

    Before I really knew what it meant to be loved by God in my everyday life, I didn’t understand this verse. I thought it was an if then. I now realize it is because we have known His real, true and perfect love that we CAN love. Human greeting card love does so pale in comparison.

  • angie
    Posted at 17:48h, 15 February Reply

    I do so love this verse
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  • Cheryl
    Posted at 18:15h, 15 February Reply

    Amen, and amen! We will never be able to fully comprehend His great love for us, nor will we ever feel worthy of it. But, He loves us anyway! Such a dear blessing to know this, and it truly changes our perspective on everything. A Belated Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Caroline!

  • Tara
    Posted at 22:46h, 15 February Reply

    Valentine’s Day may be somewhat of a Hallmark holiday, but it’s always a good idea to show love! Hope your Valentines’ Day was great!

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 14:09h, 16 February Reply

    Amen! Overflow! All we have to give anyone is overflow of HIM! How awesome is THAT!?

  • threekidsandafish
    Posted at 16:10h, 16 February Reply

    Hope that you and your hubby enjoyed Valentine’s Day! Love this and the picture of God’s great love for us!

  • Anna Clarke
    Posted at 19:42h, 16 February Reply

    Yes, yes, and YES! Love this. Thank you for sharing!

  • pwcamy
    Posted at 20:32h, 16 February Reply

    Amen, Amen! Eye has not seen and ear has not heard what God has ready for those who love HIM!

  • Jed Jurchenko
    Posted at 07:35h, 17 February Reply

    Amen! An awesome Valentines day reminder. We know what love is, and love, because He first loved us. Wishing you guys a blessed week!

  • Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper
    Posted at 14:32h, 17 February Reply

    This verse is so beautiful and one of my favorites but it’s also a good reminder that we are able to love others because of the love He has bestowed on us.

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