God’s Love

For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. –Ephesians 3:14-19 (WEB)

But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. –Ephesians 2:4-6 (WEB)

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love. –Ephesians 1:4 (WEB)

“God cares too much to be unconditional in his love.” When I heard the radio announcer on “Joni and Friends” say those words, I asked myself, “What can be better than unconditional love?” When I think of unconditional love, I think of the love parents have for their children. They don’t love their children only when they behave. They love them always, in all situations. There are no strings attached, no conditions to be met. There is complete acceptance.

God’s love goes beyond the unconditional love of parents. Yes, he loves us even when we are disobedient and rebellious, but his love goes beyond that. He loves us so much he couldn’t stand to leave us in our disobedient and rebellious state. Instead he sent his Son Jesus, to die on a Cross and pay the penalty for our sins. Then, he sent his Holy Spirit to live within and leads us to walk in those good works he prepared for us before creation. God gave us new life with Christ and “made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

God’s love endures forever. We can do nothing to earn his love, nothing to cause him to withdraw his love. Paul tells us that God “chose us before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.”

Thank you, Father, for going beyond unconditional love to rescue us from the pit of destruction and despair. Thank you for making a way, before Creation, for us to be reconciled with you. Help us, God, to walk in the light and love of the Lord who saves us. In his name we pray. Amen.

Closing Thought
God loves you so much he sent his Son to die for you. Jesus loves you so much he endured the humiliation and torture of the Cross so that he could bring you to live with him forever in heaven. Don’t ever forget that!

Copyright © 2006, Star M. Ferdinand.


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