Love of God
Bible has got enough scriptures that show us how much God loves us. Yet there are times when we couldn’t help but wonder – whether God really loves me? It is natural for such a thought to come to our minds. After all, the kind of love the Bible describes about the God goes far beyond the understanding of greatest human capacity.
Why is it so hard to understand the love of God?
Our hearts are so corrupted by sin that we even fail to realise the extent to which sin has tainted us. Jeremiah 17:9 describes our inner most condition as – the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.” In our natural being we do not seek God, we do not love God and we do not desire God.
Romans 3:10-12 says – there is no one righteous, no one understands, no one seeks after God. We have all turned aside and have become unprofitable. No one does good and so it is very hard to comprehend - how could it be possible for a God, who is so holy, so perfect and righteous to love such a creatures.
How then could we really understand the love of God?
We humans don’t have the capacity to understand the love of God… through our natural earthly understanding. The only way to understand is by understanding something of the nature and character of God.
Here is the thing – God doesn’t just love, He Himself is love. 1 John 4:8 says – God is Love. His nature and very essence is love. His very being is love and He demonstrates His love by lavishing it even on undeserving people who are in rebellion against Him. We may never be able to understand His love through our earthly knowledge and experience of sentimental and romantic feeling. His love is agape love – the love of self-sacrifice.
If you can only get this right, you will be able to understand his sacrificial love that he demonstrated by sending His Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He did all this despite the fact that we did not deserve it. Romans 5:8 says – God demonstrated His own love for us in this way: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
In John 1:14 we read that - God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.
In Ephesians 3:19 we read that – Anyone who does not love does not know God – for God is Love. God displayed His love for us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. That’s the real love.
No one has ever seen God, but as Christians we ought to love each other. Because when we love each other, God lives in us and his love is brought to full expression through us.