The Word Among Us

February 2004 Issue

Love Begets Love

What is it about God's love that makes us more loving in return?

A mother gazes into her baby's eyes, and he responds with a smile and cooing sounds of happiness. A man asks a woman to marry him, and she throws her arms around him, kisses him, and says "yes," her eyes filling with tears. An elderly woman in a nursing home is visited by two close friends, and her vital statistics show immediate and unexpected improvement. Each of these examples illustrates a universal truth: When we know we are loved, it shows. Or to put it another way: Love begets love.

This truth applies just as much—and perhaps even more strongly—to our relationship with God as it does to our human relationships....

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