We Love Because He First Loved Us

By Bradford L. Phillips Most religions are 'man-centered' where the emphasis is placed on man's abilities and requirements to perform certain rights or duties in order to be acceptable to his deity (or deities). But Christianity is God-centered, meaning that man's standing before his Creator is determined solely by God's choice to love and show compassion on His people.

As with all religions, Christianity requires certain duties to be performed. But they are not performed in order to achieve standing with God. Rather, we do them out of love and appreciation for the standing that has already been conferred upon us by God's gracious choice. We love Him because He first loved us. (I John 4:19)

This same love and appreciation of what God has done for us motivates PPF to joyfully serve the persecuted church in Africa by trying to mimic the perfect love that God has shown us through the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

PPF's desire is to show active compassion towards people who desperately need compassion; love for people who desperately need to be loved; and encouragement for those who desperately need to be lifted up.

And when I say "PPF," I don't mean an entity incorporated by the US Government. I mean you. You are PPF. There is nothing we can do as an organization without your sacrificial giving. We are partners in ministry.

I thank God for the love you have for our brethren in Africa. But I thank God most of all for His love for you, which make all things possible.