The True You: Loved

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

Everyone wants to be loved. It’s one of the universal truths that applies to all mankind.  But how we seek love may look different: some may try to find it in relationships. Others may seek it in their own accomplishments. But, it all gets back to the same thing--we all want to be loved.

Despite our desire to be loved, we live in a loud and critical world. It only takes turning on the news for ten minutes to see that our world is filled with hate and violence. And far too often, Christians are known for their exclusivity, judgmental, and angry attitudes instead of their love. My good friend Dr. Ed Stetzer came out with a book last year on this very topic, Christians in the Age of Outrage, which I highly recommend.

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In our last devotional we talked about how our identity as Christians is not found within ourselves, but in Christ. And not only are we accepted because of what Christ has done for us, we are loved. In your new identity, the True You is loved.

See what the apostle John writes in 1 John 4:10, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” There is a lot of theology in that short verse! First, “propitiation” isn’t a word you hear every day. In fact, that word is only used twice in the entire New Testament and roughly means “to avert the wrath of God.” 

Essentially, because of our sin, we had the wrath of God coming for us. But while we were still sinners, God sent Jesus to take on all this punishment, and avert His wrath from us to Jesus, His only Son.

If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. If we are found in Christ, the Scriptures undeniably show that we are loved. It doesn’t matter what you did last night, or what you’ve been thinking about this week. God loves you more than you could possibly imagine.