I know that sounds simple. But it’s important to remember.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:25-26.
“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1st Corinthians 13:13.
God IS Love. It’s more than the title of the very first song the Lord wanted me to write when He saved me six years ago. It is Who He Is. There are four words in the Greek language for the one English word “love” – there’s a familial love (something), a platonic/friendship love (phileo, from which comes Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love), and an erotic love (eros, as in erotic). But God is none of those. Those are human loves.
God is agape. Agape can only be described as a God-like love, a rather circular definition, I’m sure you’ll agree. To have an agape love, it is argued, you must be born again with the Holy Spirit dictating your choices. I don’t know if that’s true, or if the implication that a non-Believer cannot possess that kind of love for the world is true, either. But that’s where the name and the concept come from: a love that only God can produce.
For God so loved the world that He sent His Own Son to DIE – and more than that: be heinously TORTURED first! – for their sins, just so those ungrateful humans could be saved from Hell if they so chose. Can you even imagine feeling THAT kind of love for the world? For people you don’t even know?
(Well, actually, He DOES know them. He knows every one of us, better than any of us know ourselves. And He knows how evil we really are! AND HE STILL DID IT!)
And consider what Christ is saying in the High Priestly prayer in John 17. Essentially, Jesus is praying that He has shared the Father’s love with them, “so that the love with which You loved Me may be in THEM…” That the love the Father loves the Son of God with may be the SAME as the love He feels for His Disciples (and, transitively, us). God loves US the same way He loves Jesus Christ. Think about that!
Do you get “down in the dumps”?
Do you ever find yourself thinking that nobody would care if you disappeared tomorrow?
Do you ever give in to what the devil whispers in your ear?
Then please, NEVER FORGET today’s lesson. GOD LOVES YOU, more than you could possibly ever love Him or anyone else.
God LOVES you! You are as precious to Him as His Own SON is.
And don’t ever forget it!