In this video, Sam Storms explains that the Christian’s love for God is grounded in the reality that God himself is pre-eminently lovable, that God’s attributes are perfect. Second, Christians love God because he opens a way for us to have a relationship with him.
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Why do I love Jesus? Simple, because he is preeminently lovable. And what I mean by that is he is, in himself, the perfect embodiment of beauty, harmony, humility, joy, power, and sacrifice. You see in Jesus this incredible harmony of attributes.
We typically look at somebody today who is very powerful, and they lack humility. Or we see somebody who’s very compassionate, but they are somewhat of a compromiser on principal truths. But in Jesus, we see the convergence, the balance, the glorious togetherness, of all these attributes that would typically cancel each other out in our experience; however, Jesus embodies them perfectly.
I remember something Jonathan Edwards said in Religious Affections that the foundation of our love for Christ is not so much, first and foremost, what he has done for us but the intrinsic glory, the majesty, and the splendor of who he is in himself. And that is the first foundation of my love for him.
Then, secondarily, I love Jesus because I get him. Salvation means that I obtain him, I am brought in to fellowship with him. When I realize that he in his incredible grace died to deliver me from my own well-deserved condemnation, I love him even more. But before this, I think the first foundation for my love for Jesus is the simple fact that he is, in himself, without regard to anything that he may have done for me, the most glorious, beautiful, and lovable person in the entire universe.