Tuesday, 23 Oct. 2018 – Series: God’s Love, #2 of 3
Scripture: 1 Jn. 4:7-10
Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins. (CSV)
Today, we look at how God’s love was exemplified through the work of Jesus Christ. This is the biggest show of God’s love ever in the history of mankind. Mankind really made a mess of things when we first hit the ground. We did exactly what God told us not to do, eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and God put the sentence of death upon our fleshly bodies because He cannot dwell in the presence of sin. Little did we know, however, that God had a plan to rescue man, and that through Jesus Christ. He loved us enough to send His very own Son to be sacrificed for our misbehavior and disobedience. On observation, today’s scripture had these key points: We should love each other because:
- Love comes from God
- Those of us who have and show love are God’s children
- Those of us who have and show love knows God
- God first loved us
Let’s apply these themes to our life today.
Love Comes From God
If God is incapable of sin, then by our hearts we know that love stems from Him. When you think of the disgusting feeling of hate versus the enriching, life worth living, feeling we get from love, then the originator of this has to be God. Love, after it grows, is the only channel by which man could fulfill the ten commandments, if he could. When we think about God’s perfect love, we should know that it is far more intense than that which we could feel. Meditate on this.
Having and Showing Love Makes Us God’s Children
To be labeled by the perfect Word as God’s children should bring forth some feelings we forget we had. To be a child of God literally means you are the child of a perfect Father. There is no mistakes with God. He has mercy when He feels you need it (always), He is harsh when He feels you need it, and He answers your prayers right on time when you need it. He is our providence, our sole provider. Everything that is good comes from God. Everything. God loves His children like no man ever could and is perfect in all ways He uses to mature us. He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell. Meditate on being a loved child.
Having and Showing Love Means We Know God
Who is God? Well to answer this question as simple as possible, God is Love. He is not the emotion or the action of love only, but love itself and all that it entails. Where there is a true Spirit of love anywhere, then those exercising that love know God. We are forgiving because we know God. We are merciful to others because we know God. We show compassion to others because we know God. We know God because God knows us, and gave His Son for us. Remember that any action you do because you love someone, if the love be pure, then you are showing others how much you do know God.
God First Loved Us
Just like Satan is a liar and the father of liars, so is God is love and the Father of love. Nothing shows man more love than God the Son’s incarnation into that of a man who was sent to sacrifice Himself as a pure, unblemished atonement for man. Christ knew this when He chose to give Himself per the Father. Christ not only had to give himself as a sacrifice but had to be perfect and sinless as well. For 30+ years, Christ knew no sin until He died upon that cruel cross, fulfilling the law, and setting the captives free. Christ is the only true Superhero that I know. He gave all for us. Meditate on how God first showed you love and build upon that. God first showed me love when He preordained me to live! Much thanks to God!
“Heavenly Father, we know that all love generates from you because you are love. We know you first showed us your love by letting us have the chance to live. We know you first showed us love when you sent Christ to the cross instead of us. It was our cross, God. We deserved it, but you showed us your love by sending your Son Jesus Christ to bear the pain and the death we should’ve endured on the cross. We are forever grateful. Thank you God for letting us become your children through your love. Lord, as much as we are capable, we love you too, in Jesus name, Amen!”