A Thought on Love from Tullian Tchividjian

"As I've said on numerous occasions here, the motivation and fuel to do good (which the Bible always describes horizontally in terms of loving service to others) comes from being moved by the completed work of Jesus for us. The impulsion to "do" comes only out of this undomesticated declaration that everything has already been done. Those who obey more are those who increasingly "get" that their standing with God is not based on their imperfect obedience to Jesus, but Jesus' perfect obedience for them. The secret of grace is that we actually perform better as we grow to understand that God's love for us is based on Christ's performance, not our performance."

"Another way to put this is to affirm that grace, not law, produces love-the love for God and neighbor that Jesus teaches (Luke 10:27). His love for us begets love from us."

From Belovedness Engenders Love Tullian Tchividjian on 2/25/13