Today’s Scripture: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:9-11

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin or your selfishness. But in that casket-safe, dark, motionless, airless-it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable… The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers…of love is Hell.”

-C.S. Lewis

Love is risky business, isn’t it? As C.S. Lewis wrote, one risks having his heart broken. One risks being hurt. One risks not being loved in return. How great it was, therefore, that God chose to love mankind! He knew that men would break His heart. He knew that men would hurt Him. He knew that men would not love Him in return-yet He gave His love anyway.

We all challenge God’s love-when we make excuses for not going to church, make occasion for the flesh in our choice of entertainment, or provide a stumbling block for a fellow-Christian. Yet, for all our shortcomings, God’s love still holds true.

Why don’t you take a moment and thank God for His amazing love today!

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder