Love of God #3

God has truly loved us.  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Perhaps the greatest demonstration of His love is when He sent His beloved Son so that we may have everlasting life.

However, let us reassure ourselves that His love for us goes beyond giving His Son.  Romans 8:32-39 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   This is a powerful passage of scripture.  It first tells us that since He didn’t spare His Son, God will also freely give us all things. We may want material things of this life that He may not give us.  But the things that are really important and meet our needs He will freely give us.  No one can bring a charge against us because it is God who justifies us.  On top of that, we have Christ at the right hand of God making intercession for us.

Even though we experience tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword, these things will not separate us from the love of God.  Many would see these things as evidence that God does not love us.  But that is not so.  God has allowed His saints to suffer many things through the ages.  But that doesn’t mean He doesn’t love them.  Jesus suffered a cruel death on the cross but that doesn’t mean that God didn’t love Him.  We are often caught up in the troubles of the moment and wonder why God doesn’t seem to love us.  God, however, sees the big picture.  The Apostle Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  Maybe you don’t see your current problems as light and momentary, but they are when compared to eternity and the blessings God will give us there.

The creator of the universe has some wonderful thing prepared for His children that He loves.  1 Corinthians 2:9-10a “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.”  When we read in the Revelation about the holy city of pure gold where we will dwell, with the river of water of life and the tree of life, we should get the picture that He has prepared something wonderful for us.  Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Let us see our current problems as light and momentary and look forward to when God will demonstrate His great love and exceeding riches of His grace toward us.

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