May 29, 2009
God’s Love: Our Reason for Hope
1 John 4:7-10
Without a sense of purpose, there is no hope. But the Lord created each person for a reason: to love God and be loved by Him. He pursues us and does everything in His infinite power to reveal Himself. The Lord wants each person to understand who He is and respond in worship and devotion.
God’s love is personal. Christianity stands out among world religions because our God desires a personal relationship with every man, woman, and child. His care and concern aren’t limited to just one population group; He loves every individual specifically and desires regular, intimate conversation with each one.
God’s love is unconditional. It’s who He is (1 John 4:8) rather than simply something He does. Nothing about your character or behavior can make Him love you less or more. Nor are His care and concern limited, because He is infinite and eternal.
God’s love is available to everyone. It
is inexhaustible and reaches across every boundary that man can set up against Him. The Lord does not have favorites, but He does have intimates. These are His followers who are willing to spend time with Him, talking and listening, walking in obedience, and desiring to know and love Him with their whole heart. His wants all of us to choose this kind of relationship with Him.
The Father doesn’t just say He loves you; He proved it by giving His Son as a sacrifice for your sins. Those who haven’t trusted in the Savior can go through life oblivious to the divine blessing of His unconditional care and concern. What a waste it would be to live as though unloved when God’s infinite, eternal love is offered to you.
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