“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Love changes things. Love touches, alters, and permeates all it touches. It restores and builds. Love is a game changer.
My daddy died when I was eleven. I recall standing at the cemetery under an umbrella looking at the burial site and wondering how my life would be changed by this event. That’s when I heard my grandfather say to my grandmother, “Mable, we have another boy to raise.” A year later my mother suffered a stroke and my grandfather’s prophetic words became a reality. Their love restored what I had lost and provided me with the care, direction, and provision I needed.
Many years ago I walked into St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Strasburg, Virginia where I had taken the job of choir director. In less than a minute, the time that it took me to open the door and begin to ascend the stairs to the music office, my life would be changed forever. The love I encountered that day has been with me now for more than 40 years. I can only imagine how my life would have turned out had we not met that day. Her love rocked my world and touched my life as no other.
Love entered my world on December 6, 1976 and again on March 5, 1985 when my sons were born. November 12, 2004 was also a day when more love entered into my life. I have to include my granddaughter in any discussion involving love that has powerfully impacted my life.
However, the most powerful and life-changing love to hit me came on the day I met Jesus. In that instant I was healed, restored, newly created, and set on a course where the final destination has already been determined. The love of God reached down and touched me, and I will never be the same.
The love of God is the greatest love of all.
The greatest demonstration of love…the greatest act of love…was that of God toward us. The effectual power of that one divine act of love has altered the course of human history and radically changed the lives of all who have received it.
Make no mistake about it. You are loved. It is love in the highest — from the highest. If you are a Christian you have received the greatest love ever given. “This is love,” says John. “He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
In that one awesome demonstration of love Jesus atoned for our sins paying the penalty that we deserve. He satisfied God’s demand for our sin, reconciled us to God, and brought us into union and fellowship with God.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and there was much talk about love. In reality, there are many people who have no reason to celebrate because they have no love interests in their lives. Through no fault of their own they are in a place of loneliness. If you are in such a state, I want you to know that you are loved. God loves you more than you can imagine.
When love exists we are given stability, comfort, encouragement, and hope. I want you to know that all those wonderful benefits of love are available to you every hour of every day for as long as you live through the love of God. “This is love.”
The love of God is perfect.
Human love is imperfect. God’s love is perfect. Human love fails. God’s love never fails. Human love is limited to human capabilities. God’s love comes with supernatural abilities.
Accept the love of God today and bask in it throughout all you encounter. No matter what you face and no matter how difficult the trials…God’s words to you remain the same. “I love you. I am with you, and I care about you…so much that I gave my only Son for you.” It is when you take refuge in His loving arms that you will experience the reality… “This is love.” Don’t miss out on the greatest love of all, the love of God.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Turn Your Eyes Upon the Lord Jesus
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.