SCRIPTURE TEXT: “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:9-11 (NIV)
God loves us so much that He sent Jesus on a mission of love with a message of love. The Bible says God is love. It doesn’t say God has love. What the Bible says indicates that Love is God’s nature. God created us because He loves us.
The reason we are alive is because God created us as objects of His love. He created us so He could love us and we could also love Him. He loves us whether we feel His love or not. He loves us regardless of whether or not we think we deserve His love – “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NLT
God is LOVE and no words can adequately describe the beauty and wonder of what it means to be loved completely by the Creator of the universe. That embodiment of God’s love is Jesus, and when Jesus took on human flesh and came to us as a baby, He made it possible for us to know God’s love. He left His glory and the warmth of heaven to be born in a stable to an unwelcoming world. The Creator of the Universe, the Perfect Judge who could destroy the world with a single word, was willing to endure this gloomy beginning for us.
The Son of God became man to enable men to become sons of God. This is unconditional love! We who have experienced God’s unconditional love are commanded to share this love with others – “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other” – 1 John 4:11 (NLT)
God wants us to express His supernatural love to others so that we become examples of God’s love to the world as we love our neighbours through the enabling of His Holy Spirit. Paul states in Ephesians 3:17-18 “May your roots go down deep in to the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is” – (NLT ) .
To experience God’s supernatural love, we have to claim it by faith. We have the potential to love anyone God puts in our way and have to learn “how to love by faith.”
When we invite God’s unconditional love by faith, love will flow through us and we will discover a rekindled love that is alive.
Nothing breaks the hardened ground of unforgiveness and bitterness like sincere acts and words of love. A positive response may not be immediate, but let us keep on loving and reaching out for there is no power on earth stronger than God’s supernatural love.
RESPOND TO JESUS: If Jesus does not yet live in you, then today is the best time to invite Him into your life. Make room in your heart for Him and you will not regret it. For He who is God’s love in action will enter in your life and enrich you with Himself – His Love, Joy and Peace. He will give you new perspectives on life so that your life will be a demonstration of real love – a love that gives rather than take; a love that does not demand its own way, a love that seeks to make other lives enjoyable.