“But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Gospel unveils God’s love to man.
God’s loving nature/character is what is revealed in the Gospel of Christ. The Gospel of Christ is the unveiling of God’s love to us. This love which is seen in the gospel is seen in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The love of God is thus manifest in the redemptive work of Christ. Thus, 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 only 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/character.
The love of God therefore is not dependent on what the recipient does. It is not dependent on God’s works; if the love of God was dependent on what the recipient does, then Paul in Romans 5:8 would not have 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 upon. Notice, “while we were yet sinners Christ died…” this means that the love of God is revealed in the death of Jesus.
Thus, we can say that the love of God is unconditional; it was God’s intent (His thoughts) and God’s actions manifested in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:16 buttresses his fact, it reads, “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. In essence, God’s love was not just intent; God’s love was intent backed up with action. “For God so loved the world” is His intent, “that he gave his only begotten son” is His action, that is, the action He took which backed up 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 is, man). That is why the next statement “…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: God’s love is sufficient, enjoy it.
PRAYER: His love for me is my security. I am secured in His love and nothing else matters than what His love has made out of me, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: God’s love is not a reaction to our good actions; it was a pro-action even before our good actions.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3