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This Is the Love of God

January 21, 2018


This Is the Love of God

Jesus is  the Savior  of the world.     So,  what are you going to do  about it?     Does that change  your life any?

What do you say  if someone notes  that you are a Christian  and then asks you,  “Do you really  love Jesus?     Why do you love Him?”     Do you hem  and haw  and finally say,  “Well, I guess  I love Him.    I hope  I trust Him enough.”

At times like these,  we need to think  about our love  for Jesus.     Just what is it  that makes us want  to hold onto Him?     Here are only a few aspects  about Jesus  that draw us  to Him  and that we need  to remember  when someone challenges us  regarding our faith.

Biblical prophecies all point  to the historical facts  that the details  in Jesus’ life  were all a fulfillment  of prophecy.     No one else  could possibly fulfill  all those prophecies.     That’s marvelous.     Only God Almighty  could arrange for that,  so we can be sure  that trusting Jesus  really will give us  eternal life  and peace.     There’s a whole lot of power  behind all this fulfilled prophecy  that everyone  should pay attention to.

Jesus’ love for us  is stated  all throughout the Bible.     He loved us first,  even while we lived  in sin.     Being a beloved  of the Lord  is an awesome truth  that holds onto our hearts  as we face problems  in this world.     The God  who cannot lie  has proclaimed His love  for us.     We need  to react  to that.

Jesus willingly suffered  and died  to pay  for our sins — and thus fulfilled the prophecies  that His love  would cause Him  to do just that.     His willingness displays  an honest love  for us.

Jesus gives us eternal life  because of our faith  —  we cannot earn it.     Such a free gift  is a treasure  we simply can’t give up.     We’re never going  to have anything else  that can possibly equal  this gift.     So,  why should we cave in  to this world’s ways?    It will never  be worth it.

Jesus’ love for us  is beautiful  in that it shows His patience,  His goodness,  His faithfulness,  His infinite perfection,  His humbleness  for our sake,  His endurance  in dealing with us,  and so much more.

And so,  God has bound us  with chains of love  and we know it  —  even in all our weaknesses,  God loves us.     We really need  to express some love  in return  for all this love  that is showered  on us.

            1 John 5:3-5 tells us  how we can express  what is in our hearts,  even when the world is sneering  and mocking us  for our faith.

For this is  the love  of God,   that we keep His commandments;  and His commandments  are not burdensome.   

For whatever is born  of God  overcomes the world;  and this is the victory  that has overcome the world — our faith.    And who is the one  who overcomes the world,  but he who believes  that Jesus is  the Son  of God?

Remembering all the amazing truths  about God’s love  and salvation  for us,  wells up a response  of really wanting  to keep His commandments,  i.e.  His way of loving  and living.      We want  to keep God’s commandments  of faith,  hope  and love because of all the love  we have received.

And these ways  of God  are not burdensome  because we are so sure  that the God  of all truth  will keep His promises  to us.     Our rewards  will be so great,  it’s more than worth it  to face mockery  and rejection  from this unbelieving world.     We are children  of the King of kings  and God said so.     Hold onto that.

So yes,  I do love God  and I do see  and understand  that all of His commandments are good  and beautiful,  pure and lovely.     Of course,  I want to do my level best  to live  in the love  that has been given  to me.

As we express our love  for God  in our daily living,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for loving each one of us,  even when we are  unlovable.     Thank You  for patiently reminding us  of Your love,  so that we might grow  in faith.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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