The Love Of God
Pastor Lew painted the amazing picture of God’s love for us, the kind of love that we need Holy Spirit empowerment to comprehend. John begins in 1 John 3:1 with the command, “See.” I want to focus on this command. What this command “see” means is that we need to take time to meditate on the love of God and allow its reality to sink deep into our being. John means for this love to startle us and move us to exclaim with the hymn writer, “What wondrous love is this!”
As we meditate on God’s love for us in Christ, may our hearts sing:
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
John does not want us to forget the love of God; he wants us to contemplate it because of the life-transforming power that it has on us. Even when we do not “feel” loved by God, we should still strive to see his love. John does not command us to feel but to see. We must obey the command, “See.”
Brothers and sisters, God loves you with an everlasting love that is infinitely wide, long, high, and deep, whether you feel it or not, because that is what we see in the Bible. We may not feel as loved in times of suffering, but what does the Bible say? “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Like we sang together on Sunday, “Jesus loves us this we know, for the Bible tells us so.”
Amazed at the love of God