“But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5:8
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: The Gospel unveils God’s love to man.
God’s loving nature is what is revealed in the gospel of Christ; this is the unveiling of God’s love to us. This love is seen in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The love of God is made manifest in the redemptive work of Christ. When the gospel is well-presented, a picture of a loving father is seen who loves us independent of us; that is, God’s love is not dependent on who we are or what we did, God loves us because that is who he is. 1John 4:8 reads, “He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love”. Hence, love is God’s nature. The love of God therefore is not dependent on what the recipient does. It is not dependent on good works; Paul in Romans 5:8 said He (God) loved us while we were yet sinners. Meaning that the love of God did not come by an attraction, neither was it impressed. Notice, “while we were yet sinners Christ died…”;God’s love for us is:
• Undeserved or unearned
• His love was not an attraction to our actions
• Neither was his love a reaction to our actions; rather, his love was a pro-action and thus was not dependent on us.
Thus, we can say that the love of God is unconditional; it was God’s intent (his thoughts) and his actions which he manifested in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:16 buttresses this fact, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Hence, the love of God is seen in the death of his son. God’s love was not just intentional; His love was intentionally backed up with action. “For God so loved the world” is his intent, “that he gave his only begotten son” is his action and the action he took was backed up by his intent. It is important to note that the word “world” in the context of John 3:16 is not speaking about the planet earth but rather it is talking about humans; God so loved humans “…that whosoever believeth in him…” supports the fact that it was humans. It is not the planet earth that will believe in him and have everlasting life, it is humans that will believe in him and have everlasting life. Therefore, God’s love is seen in the giving of his son.
INSTRUCTION: Meditate on his love.
PRAYER: His love for me is my security. I am secured in his love and nothing else matter than what his love has made out of me, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: God’s love is an expression not an impression.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3