So we have come to know and to believe the love that GOD has for us. GOD is love, and whoever abides in love abides in GOD, and GOD abides in him. 1 John 4:16
We have come to know, and have believed the love which GOD has for us. The love that GOD has for us is the ground of our becoming loving people. And the root that we send down into that ground, to be nourished by it, is faith—”we have believed the love that GOD has for us.” Believing the depth of GOD’s love for me is the key to my growing into a loving person.
And the key to believing the love that GOD has for us is seeing it revealed in the word of Scripture. A few people were allowed to see Jesus CHRIST in the flesh and touch HIM and watch HIM teach and heal and suffer and die and rise. Yes, We might feel jealous that our faith in the love of CHRIST can’t be based on that kind of first hand sight and touch. But that was not GOD’s plan. When Jesus CHRIST prayed for HIS disciples in John 17:20, HE said, “[Father], I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.” It was the plan of GOD that we come to faith, not by seeing the love of CHRIST in the flesh, but by seeing the love of CHRIST in the word of those who knew HIM.
Extract From: John Piper (The Depth of Christ’s Love: Its Cost)