What’s My Motive?

By Karl Lee

There are lots of thoughts concerning love. I often hear folks saying they love this or that. I hear I love my dog and in same breath I love my wife, husband, daughter, etc.

Love seems to be a word used rather loosely without much or any thought given to it.

Do I love my car? Why? What do I expect from my car in return for my love? Is it just the nature of man to expect something back for everything we do? When I do something good for someone, am I expecting them to do something good for me? What are my expectations when I tell my beloved I love her? Yes, you are right! I expect her to say she loves me. However, when I tell our cat I love him there is no expectation of any return affection.

Which brings me to this question? Can I love God just because He is God without expecting anything in return for my love? I know, you’re thinking, “I love God because He first loved me.” Bear with me here, let’s turn it around. Read 1 John 4:10, “This is love: not that we loved God, but He loved us and sent His Son …” He loves us! What are His expectations? We just read we didn’t love Him but He loved us so much He sent His beloved Son to us “as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

Can I love God the same way? Can I love with a love so consuming that there is no thought of expecting God to repay me for my devotion? Is it possible for me to love God just because He is God?

Just a thought.

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