The Love of God

Romans 8:37-39  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

This message from Romans is to believers in Christ. If that is you, so is today’s post.  

The Lord who loves you so vastly and inseparably gives the best kind of love.  Many of us—if not all—have experienced hurt at some point from somebody we love.  To them, love is intermittent at best; and—at worst—transient.  But with God, love is commitment.

We don’t do well with intermittent.  We need patient; we need faithful.  We desperately want a love that doesn’t become frustrated and angry, a love that doesn’t depend on how we behave or things we do:

Psalm 86:15  But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 

We don’t do well with transient.  A great many of us have—at some point—been left out to dry.  Your Father in heaven will never do that.  As you walk and talk with the One who loves you most, there’s never that hidden anxiety.  He won’t decide He’s done and leave.  He won’t die.  He won’t make you go where you can’t go.  He won’t lay out an undoable ultimatum. 

Deuteronomy 7:9  Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations  

God gave up everything, so we could have everything.  Jesus loves you to death.  Literally.  He is Daddy.

Psalm 136:26  Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. 

1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

The God who created all things is all about the details.  The things He does matter to Him, and He is integrally interested and involved.  You’re important to Him!  He orchestrates.  He helps.  We have the Best Dad.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

We understand love in action.  “I love you” is nice to hear, but Boy, Howdy, you should see me swoon when somebody mows the lawn!  You know where I’m going with this: God is far from “all talk, no action.”  He proves His love by acting on it:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 

He made the ultimate commitment.  God’s love isn’t intermittent.  God’s love isn’t transient.  And His love isn’t contingent.  The love in action of the death of His only Son provided the perfect, complete love.  It’s not contingent on us.  If you really are a believer in the Son of God, His Spirit will convict you of sin and give you a heart to serve heartily, behave yourself, and be a blessing.  But God’s commitment is not contingent on it.

Titus 3:4-5  But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy,

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:9-11  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

God’s love is guaranteed.  God’s love is other-worldly.  We can’t ever mess up so badly that it’ll be over between us.  He won’t go prodigal.  He won’t tear you down.  His Spirit is a testimony to our very soul that He really loves us—we are loved—forever.

Romans 5:5  God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

 

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