If there are any themes in the Bible, one of them has to be the love of God. There has never been a love like God’s love! When you see a mother’s care for her child, when you see her do what is best for her child, and then keep on doing those things, we can safely say, “she loves that child.”
Similarly, when we behold the love bestowed upon us by God, we know that no one can match God for loving! What qualities do we see in God’s love that justifies our title?
A Redeeming Love
When man truly understands the words of John 3:16, we begin to realize the breadth and depth of that love. Think of what it took to redeem man of sin. God’s justice could not allow Him to ignore sin, Romans 3:23-26, but love motivated Him to redeem man. Animal sacrifices were insufficient. Man could not redeem himself. God knew it would take far more than any could give, namely the perfect life of His “only begotten son,” John 3:16. What a magnificent love!
And what a wonderful word: redemption. We can be free from our sin, our passions, our greed and our servitude to Satan. And we are freed to become God’s servant.
A Calling Love
His love is capable of redeeming us from sin and Satan, but it is a love that calls on us to take full advantage of that love. He does not wait for us to come to Him, but
“Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 2 Thessalonians 2:14.
He did not wait until we were worthy of His love, but:
“God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8.
Yes, God’s love calls to us.
An Everlasting Love
Today, it’s not unusual to hear of someone who says, “I just don’t love him/her anymore.” Not God! It may be that the greatest heartache is from a lost love, or love that is unrequited. Jeremiah wrote:
“The Lord has appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee,” Jeremiah 31:3.
God is not fickle, nor is He easily discouraged. His love will persevere even when we do not return His love. No, there has never been a love like God’s love! (to be continued)