“This Is Love” (Psalm 18: 1 – 2, ESV) by Carley Evans

“I love you, Lord,” sings the psalmist.

David proclaims his love of the Lord boldly. He recognizes the Lord as his “rock and [his] fortress and [his] deliverer.” He knows the Lord is “[his] shield, and the horn of [his] salvation, [his] stronghold.”

The author of 1 John writes, “In this is love, not that we love God but that He loves us and sends His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4: 19) God the Father sends His Son “to redeem” us “so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because [we] are sons, God sends the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ ” (Galatians 4: 5 – 6)

So, God the Holy Spirit loves God the Father through us, from within us. Our proclamation of love of God is a natural outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God’s Son. Our love of God is not of ourselves, but of God Himself, in the person of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit as a Helper, a Counselor — He is the Spirit of God who calls us to the Father through the Son, who gives us faith, who intercedes for us in ways we are barely able to imagine.

We love God because He first loves us.


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