We love each other because he loved us first. 1 John 4:19 (NLT)
We love not because we feel like it, not because the person is treating us the way we expect. We love not because everything is fair. We love because he loved us first. It’s not an emotion you get to act on. It’s more like our marching orders. If you know that God loved you so much he sent Jesus to die for you, you must take that example of love and imitate it…..even if you don’t feel like it.
I had only heard about you before,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes. Job 42:5 (NLT)
There is a huge difference between knowing about God from things you’ve heard and knowing God through personal experience. When we see God with our own eyes, experience him with our own heart, the reality far exceeds any perception you may have had. It’s like hearing about someone, meeting them and finding out they were better than you’d heard. Or hearing how delicious something is and tasting it to find it more satisfying. If you seek to know God personally, he will show up and he will surpass your best imaginings.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 (NLT)