Because He First Loved Us
Let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You. For surely, O Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.
Love the Lord, all His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud He pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love Your salvation always say, “Let God be exalted!”
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him for he acknowledges My Name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise His holy Name.
Because you love Him…. He will not let your foot slip; He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel, will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from harm; He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Because you love Him…. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. May those who love Jerusalem be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your palaces. For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.
And finally…..We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands.
This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. We love Him because He first loved us…..