(1 John 4:10) “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Love is a choice. God chose to love us even though we did not love Him. His choice was not based on whether we were acceptable. In fact, we were unacceptable to God when He chose to love us. Humanity set itself against God as His enemy. The world stood against Him and killed those He patiently and graciously sent. The blood of the prophets was on the hands of humanity. Finally, His innocent Son was brutally crucified.
But even in the brutality of the cross, God chose to love us. While humanity viewed it as an execution, God provided a sacrifice. It was a sacrifice that satisfied every claim He had against humanity. It was payment for every vicious act committed against Him. The object of our hate became the vehicle for our redemption. Yes, love is a choice.
Who will you choose to love today? A spouse that committed a great sin…a neighbor who stole…a friend who ruined your reputation…a stranger who destroyed your life or the life of someone you love…someone who spoke hurtful words… It’s hard to love those who don’t deserve it. It might be the hardest thing we could ever do. Love is a choice that leads to walking in grace. We can never live under grace unless we choose to love.