The Greatest Love of All
“The love of God is not created — it is His nature.” —Oswald Chambers
The love of God is difficult to define because our finite minds can barely comprehend it at all. Yet, once you have experienced it, you will never be the same. God’s love cannot be separated or isolated from who He is. God is love!
Here are a few elements of God’s love …
It is impartial
“So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him’” (Acts 10:34-35).
What do Herod, the Apostle Peter, Judas, and John the Baptist have in common? Some of these men were righteous, champions for Christ — others were hated and despised. Yet, God’s love was equally extended to each one! And it is equally extended to you, no matter what your past may look like.
It is independent
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
The Greek word used in describing God’s love for man is agape. This kind of love is unique, for it is not dependent upon actions or the beauty of the object being loved. He loves you just because you are His creation, and He sent His son to die to make it possible for you to live in relationship with Him.
It is proven
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9).
Need to know God loves you? Look no further than the cross! The ultimate display of God’s love and forbearance for sinful man. He died for you. You are extremely loved.
It is forgiving
“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22).
God’s love will always take you back! If you acknowledge your wrongdoing and turn from your sin in repentance, God offers His forgiveness to you.
My prayer this week—Father, this world has done its best to redefine what love is, yet your Word is true and shines the light of pure, unending love. Help me to trust in your love for me always and use it as a beacon as I establish relationships, relate to others, and share you with the lost. Thank you for loving me so much! Help my life reflect your love always.