Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Verse 19 (1 John 4:19)

We love him because he first loved us - This is the foundation of our love to God.

  1. We love him because we find he has loved us.
  • We love him from a sense of obligation and gratitude.
  • We love him from the influence of his own love; from his love shed abroad in our hearts, our love to him proceeds. It is the seed whence our love springs.
  • The verse might be rendered, Let us therefore love him, because he first loved us: thus the Syriac and Vulgate.

    - Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible