Bible Ballistics: Who Really Loves YOU? Vol. 5 #15
This week everyone has been talking about ‘love’!!! But Valentine’s Day has come and gone and immeasurable resources have been spent on flowers, candy, dinners and the like to show love. But what does love really looks like.
1 John 4:10-12, “Herein is love,
not that we loved God,
but that he loved us,
and sent his Son
to be the propitiation (propitiation means payment for)
for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us,
we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time.
If we love one another,
God dwelleth in us,
and his love is
perfected in us.”
We can only express real “LOVE” when we know the love of God. How do we come to know and have that kind of love? Only through Jesus, and His work in our hearts:
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:5-6
God loved us so much that He not only created us but He sent Jesus to pay for our sins. Jesus came to be the bridge across the chasm that sin had made between God and man. But how do we receive this great gift of love? In Christ who died for sinners. And when we receive His gift of Salvation, He also puts His love within us through the work of the Holy Spirit. We are redeemed by His saving grace in the ‘new birth’!!! New life that Jesus imparts to us includes “the love of God”—God’s love placed in my heart. Then I can express HIS love to the world by His power and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
But at what price was this gift? HIS life for MINE!!!
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed
in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Jesus would be ‘lifted up’ to pay for SIN—yours and mine. Jesus came to save sinners not to condemn them, but don’t miss what Jesus tells us here: “he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed.” Jesus came to save, and salvation is by faith in His sacrifice for us—His blood saves us. His love poured out at Calvary, paid the debt that we owed for our own sin. And God’s love is more than an escape from Hell; it is abundant life! Power to live for God and not against HIM! It is Life through His power and strength not our own. How?
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
We are saved by faith and we serve by surrender to Jesus: By dying to ourselves and living by faith in what He has done and is doing in my heart and life—because I love HIM.
John gives us more insight into this love in His first letter:
1 John 3:16-18,23
“Hereby perceive we
the love of God,
because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives
for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good,
and seeth his brother have need,
and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him,
how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children,
let us not love in word,
neither in tongue;
but in deed and in truth…..
23 And this is his commandment,
That we should believe
on the name of his Son Jesus Christ,
and love one another,
as he gave us commandment.”
God saves us to mirror HIS love to the world and to our brothers and sisters in Christ!!! To love in action not just words. We are to be Christ Jesus to the world:
Let’s celebrate the ‘Love of God’ in all we do and say. May others be drawn to Jesus because they see HIM in our lives and actions? He loves the world and so should we!