Why Should He Love Me So?

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, 0 Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. - Mark 12:2830.

THERE is something in this passage that staggers our reason. That the almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth and of all the universe, wants to be loved - and loved by us - that transcends all our understanding. Had He but demanded our respect, our submission, and obedience, it would have been marvelous enough. Yet we could perhaps comprehend that. But that He should care to be loved by us is more than we can grasp. When we remember how loftily we can say of certain people that what they think of us is a matter of utter indifference to us - the thought that God should care whether we love Him or not is bound to be quite puzzling to our little minds. Does He care? Why does He care? What are we to Him? Why should He want us to love Him? We are never honestly concerned to have any person love us unless we love that person. Can it be that God desires my love because He loves me? Be astonished, 0 my soul, at this wondrous light that breaks upon us, even from the Law!

The greater revelation of the gospel confirms this fact. He loves us far more than any Old Testament saint would have dared to think. He asks a love wholehearted, wholesouled of us; a love that enlists every power and faculty of our being. But this because He Himself loves us without limit or restraint. We love Him because He first loved us.
- R. H. Boll, -
Louisville. Kentucky.

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