I love you, I love you, I love you. –God
God’s love is a constant reality. Yet as we march into the twenty-first century, the world seems to be coming apart at the seams. Countries invade others, old regional rivalries resurface, and leaders jockey for supremacy while millions face famine.
You may ask, “Where is the evidence of God’s love? Forget about me. How can He love anyone?” Because God loved humans so much He put them in charge of the earth. What people do with their responsibilities is their choice. Free will is a gift. If God arbitrarily removed it to prevent bad things from happening, He would violate His loving nature.
John 3:16 says He expressed this nature by sending His Son to earth. He made a way for us to live forever. Read on to verse 17. You will discover that God didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world, but to offer it salvation. That gift is available to everyone, including you.
In the world, many offer love on a conditional basis. You know the kind: “Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Ever suspect someone acts loving because they think they can get something from you? Or their love will only last as long as you make them feel good? This is human-oriented, performance-based, tit-for-tat fulfillment, not the kind of love God has for you.
You may find God’s love hard to believe, especially when others often judge you or hold your mistakes against you. Or, you may question your own ability to love, since you sometimes get frustrated and angry at the people you care about the most. This is common. Paul, a close follower of Christ, once wrote, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15, ESV).
Whatever mistakes you make, don’t let them keep you away from God’s love. It is higher, deeper and broader than you can imagine. He is there, just waiting for you to embrace Him so He can whisper the sweet words: “I love you.”
A Challenge For You…
Read 1 Corinthians 13, a chapter often quoted at weddings. In verses 4-8 find at least eight qualities of love. Explain which three mean the most to you. Share your list with a friend or family member. Tell them how your list reflects God’s love for you.
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