1 John 4.7-21
Most Christians accept that God loves us. But do we really understand what it means to be loved like this by the Creator of the universe?
Let’s examine three aspects of God’s love. First, it is not influenced by anything in or around us. We know that even when we were still living in sin, Christ died for us ( Ro 5,8); There is simply no greater sacrifice than this. Nothing we do can stop God from loving us, and understanding that should take the load off our shoulders.
Second, God’s love is eternal. Believers will never be separated from it. In fact, Ephesians 1.4 tells us that the heavenly Father chose us before the foundation of the world. We know, therefore, that his love for us has always been a reality, and always will be.
Third, we know that God’s love is part of his nature ( 1 Jn 4 .8), and that it is addressed to all people (Mt 5.45). But believers experience it differently than those who do not follow the Lord Jesus. Think about what would happen if there is an awning on the patio that protects part of the garden. When it rains, some flowers can be surrounded by water without actually getting wet. Similarly, a person who does not have a relationship with God is not impressed by his love, even though he exists and is available.
We can trust the One who loves us intensely and completely. Jesus demonstrated this by dying in our place to save us from the consequences of our sin. He promises to be with us as long as we do not feel his love, it surrounds us and protects us forever.