For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Can you imagine loving someone so much that You are willing to sacrifice your greatest treasure for the good of others. Would you give up your only child, your riches or fame, or the only thing that makes you feel important? As a mother, I can’t imagine willingly offering any of my children. I believe God is only capable of this magnitude of love. God does not mourn in the death of Jesus, but rejoices over us that we now have a choice for everlasting life. We don’t have to die in our sins without knowing love. His love has restored hope for our future. When we believe in His fullness, God’s love is poured in us in the form of the Holy Spirit which is able to lead us and guide us into all truth.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
God loves each one of us even in our own foolishness. The devil will make us think that we have to clean ourselves up to come to God. He will make us feel like we have to have a certain kind of clothes or hair, we have to quit certain habits, and change our lifestyles before we come to Jesus. The truth is that we can never in our own strength clean ourselves up good enough compared to the righteousness of God. His love is the only thing that can perfect us and make us righteous. It is only through the blood of Jesus that we can become clean.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Christ died for us knowing that we were sinners. He didn’t wait to see if we would get it together first. He knew that His love by the way of His blood would cover a multitude of sins. There is no sin that is too big or powerful for God’s love to cover. God will freely forgive everything that we’ve done if we only receive Him, believe that He died for us and rose from the dead, and confess that He is Lord. We have to admit our sins, and ask for His forgiveness. I’m not only talking about salvation from hell. I am talking about complete victory, freedom from condemnation, experiencing the kind of love that will bring us joy in loving God, ourselves, and others that way He has called us to.
1 John 4:7-9(NKJV)
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
We must live our lives through God’s love. We must show the world God’s unconditional love so that they may have a chance to be drawn to him and experience His love for themselves. God’s love will not only transform our life and give us victory, but will change the world through us!
Father, we thank You for Your love. We can never repay you for Your sacrifice but only love the way You have commanded us. We accept You in our hearts and believe that You have died and rose from the dead. We confess that You are Lord. Forgive us for not walking in love. Forgive us for trying to fill voids in our hearts with things that aren’t from your love. Fill us with the fullness of Your Spirit. Perfect us in Your love by Your power and for Your glory. Help us be a living testimony of Your love and goodness so that we may change the world. Let people be drawn to You by the love that we show them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!