Love Restored

“. . . God is love.”

— 1 John 4:8

In the beginning, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” As He did so, He made us able to give and receive love in relationships with each other and with Him. He created us in His perfect love.

But now we bear few signs of that love. In our sinfulness, we have distorted His kingly nature and have all but destroyed the image of God in us. And with that, we have distorted and destroyed our experience of love.

How can we love again as God created us to love? On our own, we can do nothing to restore God’s image or His perfect love within us. No effort or striving can perform the task. A little child can take an egg in his hand and crush it, but all the skill in the world could never restore it. All the knowledge, power, and technology that can split atoms and place man on the moon cannot restore that egg to its original form. How much less can we, by our own wisdom or strength, restore God’s image—His perfect love—to our souls.

But in Christ, love is restored. Christ pours His love on humankind as He poured out His life in atonement for our sins. Though we’re unworthy, Christ’s sacrifice lights the fragile flame of love in our hearts, making it burn strong and clear. As the flame of Christ’s love ignites each of us, those around us will catch the fire, and Christ will restore His love to the whole world.

Today let God fill your heart with His love, and as He does, let His love flow through you to those around you. One by one, as He restores His love to each of us, He’ll restore His love to the whole world.

“From heaven [love] came, to heaven returneth.”
Robert Southey