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Love of God

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

This is probably the most well known verse in the Bible.   Just a cursory glance of the verse shows why it is so popular and powerful.  However, when one looks deeper into the language of this text the love of God is shown even more clearly.  The text says God so loved the “world.”  Do not think that it is speaking here of the physical world, or of simply people in the world.  No, in John’s writtings the world is in rebellion against God. The “world” refers to individuals and systems which oppose the rule of God. What John is declaring is that God so lived those who opposed Him.  The love of God is in clear focus here because God did not simply love those who loved Him.  Nor did He simply love those who were indifferent toward Him (both of which would be powerful demonstrations of God’s love).  NO! Our God loved (and still loves) those who openly oppose Him.

Sin is a rebellion against God. It is a rejection of His will.  It is raising our fist against our Father and saying we know best.  It is putting ourselves on the side of God’s enemy.  But even in our rebellion God sent His Son to die for us.  How do we describe such a love?  How do we fathom such a lofty premise?  How do we keep from swelling up in emotion to know that our God loves us, when we did not deserve it, AT ALL?  We can’t.  And that is a good thing.  The love of God is supernatural and should lead us to trust Him.

Holy Father,

We openly rebelled against your will.  We still today struggle with sin.  But Father you have loved us and still love us.  We were your enemies, but you sent your Son to die on our behalf. For this we are thankful.  And because of this we trust you with our lives.  Help us Father to bask in your love today.

Through Your Son,

Amen

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2 Comments

  1. It’s hard for me to comprehend how God can love us considering how unlovable we must be at times. I mean, one minute we are in worship singing praise to him, saying wonderful things about him, and the next day we don’t give him a second thought. If someone I knew told me to my face that they loved me, and the next day they betrayed me I wouldn’t know how to react. Then to take it further and say he loves those that openly oppose him is amazing. It is hard to imagine a love that isn’t bound by circumstance or perception, yet we are supposed to attempt to show that love. Those who love (agape) Jesus will do what Jesus taught. John 14:15,23 I think this is a challenge Christians don’t take seriously enough.

  2. Wesley

    September 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    You hit on something out of first John, “We love God because He first loved us.” It is this amazing love of God that should motivate us to return that love. Hard to comprehend the magnitude of God’s love for sinners like me.

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