Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
Love is such an overused word … don’t we “love” hot dogs and apple pie, and “love” going to the beach” and so forth? But love in the Bible has a much richer meaning, particularly when applied to God’s feeling toward His people. Thus, the Bible describes a kind of love that goes far beyond the greatest human capacity ever known. An amazing fact illustrated throughout God’s precious and Eternal Word, is how much God loves us. Isaiah 54:10 tells us, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you”.
My beloved, God knows us the way we will be, the way we will be acting, the way we will think… before we are even born. Although possessing this foreknowledge, He declares openly of His “unfailing love” for us! Psalm 36:7, “How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings” … or Psalm 130:7, “Put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.”
Sometime ago I read a story of a woman with a terrible facial disfigurement who fell in love with a blind man and they were married. He was the only person who wouldn’t flinch from her. One day a surgeon examined the man. “I think I can restore your sight,” he said. Joy filled his heart, but fear gripped hers. Sensing her reserve, the blind husband asked, “Why don’t you share my joy?” “I do,” she insisted. Then he said, “You have never before lied to me. Why do you lie to me now?” When she told him of her facial disfigurement, he said, “I love you so much that I will stay blind. Your happiness means more to me than my sight.” He dispelled her fears by closing the door to the possibility that he might stop loving her if he could see her.
I want you to think of the person you love the most, the person you would do anything for. Then examine the depth of your love for that person. Is your love for that person more than yourself? Perhaps the one you love the deepest is yourself. Please understand that any love you could feel for another, or even yourself, pales in comparison to the love that God has for each of us.
There is a limit to our love; however, God’s love is unlimited, unfailing and unconditional. His love is so vast and so astounding, that it’s on a whole different level and we cannot begin to comprehend or imagine how amazingly powerful and profound God’s love is for us. Even though He sees the ugliness of our sin scarred soul He still loves us. So, my friend, if you have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, you should pause to thank God for every way He has blessed you; however, it’s good to remember that your greatest treasure is His unfailing love, and you shouldn’t let a day go by without thanking Him for that love.
For those who don’t know Christ as Savior, and are not a member of God’s family, I would urge to you accept Him today. It’s only through Jesus that one can enter into heaven. It’s through a narrow gate, its course is difficult, and it’s not as crowed as the broad way that leads to destruction. In Matthew 7, Jesus was talking about the path that we take when we put our faith in Him. He was talking about the road to heaven. Are you on that path? God the Father longs to adopt you into His family. Just come to Him in child-life faith, accepting His offer of forgiveness only through His Son. Jesus lived, died, and rose from the grave to show you the Father’s love and to make it possible for you to become a member of God’s Family. We have so many paths to take in life, but my beloved, God’s way is the only one that leads to eternal life, and that way has been made possible only through God’s unfailing love.
Christ showed His love by dying for us; we show ours by living for Him.