The Love of God

Have you ever tried to understand the extent of God’s love for man? The truth is, we can’t completely grasp the depths of God’s love for us. His love is infinite. Our comprehension is finite.

It seems that true devotion to God is not attainable without a personal awareness of God’s love. I must understand that God loves me. Please notice Paul’s use of the personal pronouns I and me in 1 Timothy 1:12-17: “I thank Christ Jesus … I was formerly a blasphemer … but I obtained mercy … Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief … I obtained mercy, that in me first Christ Jesus might show all longsuffering.” Paul was aware of his own sinfulness and unworthiness. This awareness served to magnify his conception of God’s love and mercy.

Every child of God needs to reflect on the unconditional nature of God’s love. First John 4:9-10 tells us, “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. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

We did not, nor can we ever, earn divine love. God’s gift to sinners is His Son, Jesus Christ. God intensely wants to save those who are sinking in sin. Jesus was, and is, the only way for God’s desire to be accomplished. God put Jesus on the cross for you and me. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Because of this, we need to be devoted in our love for God. God has always wanted this. Even back in the Old Testament, God said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Jesus brought this commandment into the New Testament and declared it to be the “first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37). Christians will love God with all our heart because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). And when this happens, our yearning to follow God and keep His commandments will not be a burden at all (1 John 5:3).

Richie Thetford

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