Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Love of God

In the Bible you will find the greatest love story that this world has ever heard. Of all the attributes of God, love is the one which summarizes His very essence and divine nature. The Bible has been described as God's "love letter" to all mankind. The cross of Christ is the picture of God's love for sinners, and that includes all of us. The word in the Greek New Testament describing this love is agape. It has been defined as "unconditional love." In the Bible, God is described in one simple sentence: "God is love" (1 John 4:8). 

God's love for His children is seen in very practical ways. In the Bible, the loving Father is intimately related with His children.  God our Father is concerned with every area of our lives (Matthew 6:25-34). Our Father God wants us to pray to him (Matthew 6:5-15; Romans 8:15). God our Father corrects His children (Hebrews 12:5-11). He forgives all of His children (Matthew 18:14; Luke 6:36). Our Father in heaven comforts His children (2 Thessalonians 2:16). Our Father gives good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11; Romans 8:23). 

The revelation of God's love to man is evident in many ways throughout the Bible, but the full revelation of God's love to all people is witnessed at the cross of Christ. The everlasting good news is this: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son . . ." (John 3:16). His love is unconditional for us as sinners. It's not that God loves us if we do good. That's not the good in the good news. The good is God's love for us as sinners.

God forgives us and takes our sins away through Christ crucified. "For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet, perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:7-8).

The experience of God's love becomes real to you through the Holy Spirit. You may read in the Bible about God's love, or hear a sermon or song about God's love, without really experiencing God's love. However, when you hear the good news of God's love in Christ and believe, the Holy Spirit makes God's love a real experience in your life.

"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" (Romans 5:5). The very assurance of your relationship with God is His love in your heart. It is the greatest evidence that God is at work in you (1 Corinthians 13:13). Love is the evidence, because God is love.