The Love Of God For You And Me
The Love Of God For You and Me
During this Lenten season I’ve been appreciating the awesome greatness of God’s love. Our Lord is so everlastingly patient with us. That’s love. He is so merciful when we fall. That’s loving us even more. God’s faithfulness cannot be fully described for any one person’s life, and yet, He is that faithful towards the billions of us on this earth all the time. That’s even more unimaginable love overflowing.
Do we appreciate that love? Do we care that God loves us and everyone around us so deeply? Just looking at the behavior of the majority, one probably has to conclude that people don’t care about God’s love.
They might yearn for love from people, but not care about God’s love.
But God wants us to always keep our eyes on His love so that it will strengthen us to live godly lives in this world. Hebrews 12:3 says, “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.”
All sorts of people were hostile towards Jesus — Pharisees, Sadducees, the proud, the self-righteous, those who could not bring themselves to believe His teachings. Even today, many people are vehemently pitted against Jesus.
Nevertheless, Jesus loves them all, from the prostitute, to the demon possessed, to the dishonest tax-collector, and especially those who yearn for the fulfillment of God’s salvation in Christ.
We all know how God graciously delivered us from the consequences of sin through Jesus’ willing sacrifice and resurrection power. That grace is for us.
This grace washes away absolutely all of our sins and makes us adopted children of God. But — we only have this lifetime to accept God’s gift of grace.
If we don’t repent and accept God’s forgiving love now, we might end up in hell. (Yes, there are unrepentant sinners in church.) And whose fault would that be? God’s awesome love IS here in Christ. God’s offer of full forgiveness IS for here and now — until Judgment Day.
We should remember and never cast aside the truth that God will not forgive unbelievers who refuse to repent or trust in God’s sacrificial love — love that forgives all sins.
Revelation 16 talks about some terrible plagues that God will send upon the earth in efforts to bring people to repentance and faith. But sadly, verse 11 notes, “and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and they did not repent of their deeds.” Just imagine how heartrending that is for God. If a parent feels their heart is rent by “one” rebellious child, multiply that quadrillions of times for God.
Have you ever loved someone who couldn’t care less about your love? Consider the numberless God has loved without ever getting any love in return. He keeps loving.
Because people belligerently refuse to change their sinful lifestyles, 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 admonishes, “… we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain — for He says, ‘At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you’; behold, now is ‘the acceptable time,’ behold, now is ‘the day of salvation’.”
As we learn about God’s redemption in Christ, now is the time to take stock of our lives. Now is the time to let God work some respect into our stubborn worldly hearts.
We cannot afford to fool ourselves into thinking that God will forgive us and grant us eternal life, even if we refuse to show Him faith, love and respect for His full and free salvation. That is unbiblical to the point of blasphemy. That is the same as claiming God’s admonitions and warnings in the Bible are all lies to scare us.
If we want God’s forgiveness, we have to personally accept His sacrificial, cleansing love to remove absolutely all our sins. We cannot afford to let God’s love be wasted on us. That love is real, eternal, faithful, merciful and ever so powerful. Let it do its work.
If God’s love and forgiveness don’t seem real, study His word. See how He has kept all of His promises since the beginning of creation. The proof is in the pudding. Taste and see.