Bible Ballistics: BBs #459 HIS Amazing Love!!!
“Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God;
and every one that loveth
is born of God,
and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not
knoweth not God;
for God is love.
9 In this
the love of God
because that God sent his only begotten Son
into the world,
that we might live
10 Herein is love,
not that we loved God,
but that he loved us,
and sent his Son
to be the propitiation
for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us,
we ought also to love one another.” 1 John 4:7-11
God loves us so much, that HE gave Jesus to take on flesh, dwell among men, live a perfect, sinless life, and die for MY sin and YOURS—He loved us then, He loves us still, and because of Jesus substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for sin we can have eternal life, abundant life IN JESUS!!! He came in love; He calls us unto Himself, and imparts His love to those who will come to Him!
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:
to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
ALL initiated by God… salvation was and is God’s idea, not ours. He calls us, we only respond in faith or reject His love!
“We love him,
because he first
loved us.” 1 John 4:19
And when we come to Jesus in repentance and faith (flip sides of the same coin) He imparts to us HIS love to share with others.
“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.” Romans 5:5
Receiving HIS love enables us to love others—even the unlovely—even the unkind—even the enemy—even those who don’t love us!!! But never in our own power but His, and His love and power will be manifested to a lost and dying world—a world that needs the “love of God”. Even other believers need to receive His love extended through us! We are His hands, His feet, His smile, His eyes, His love in flesh and bone.
How are you and I doing in this arena? Let’s look up, ask God for wisdom, judge things with God’s judgment and extend HIS love everywhere we go! After all it is “Christ in you the hope of glory”! Amen and Amen!
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35