Love and Grace Go Hand in Hand

We cannot exercise love unless we are experiencing grace.  You cannot truly love others unless you are convinced that God’s love for you is unconditional, based solely on the merit of Christ, not your performance.  John said, ‘We love because He first loved us’ (1 John 4.19).  Our love, either to God or to others, can only be a response to His love for us.

Jerry Bridges, Transforming Grace (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991), 132.