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By Braxton King
Over the years, I have often been asked this question, “Would you still love God, if He did nothing for you?”
In the past, I always answered the question by saying, “Yes, I would still love God if He did nothing for me.”
As I began to study the word of God, I realized the scriptures do not teach that God does nothing for us. In fact, when you study the scripture, you realize Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, are full of what God did for us. It may seem spiritual to say, ‘I would love God if He did nothing for me,” but we wouldn’t even know God if He did nothing for us. Jesus coming to this earth was for us, Jesus living a sinless life was for us, Jesus, dying on the Cross was for us, and also, Jesus rising from the dead was for us.
We have developed a religious culture which teaches we should not love God for what He has done for us. Loving God for WHAT He has done for us is viewed by many as a lesser spirituality. However, this view contradicts what God said in His Word. “We love Him, BECAUSE He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19. Notice our love for God is BECAUSE of what He has done for us.
“For God, so loved the world, that He gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. “John 3:16. It is very clear from this often. quoted scripture the love of God caused him to give, which means He did some thing for us.
The Bible tells us, “But God shows His love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. It’s again clear through scripture that what Christ did was for us. Thank God our heavenly Father does help those who cannot help them selves. While we were helpless, He died for us. Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” When Jesus died on that old rugged cross he was doing it for us.
Again, I state that I would not know God if He did nothing for me. I rejoice in the fact that God helped me when I was incapable of helping myself. I could not save myself or deliver myself, but God made it possible through the death, burial, and resurrection of His son.
The Psalmist said, “I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalms 116:1;2.
Thank God we love Him because He first loved us.