The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
Christianity is unique. No other religion is based on pure, unadulterated love between a God and His people. Nothing can compare to the impossible relationship we are allowed to have with our Creator and His children. “For God so loved the world…” One of the most well-known verses in the Bible speaks first of God’s love for us. That, however, barely scratches the surface. The word “love” in all of its various forms is found 700 times in the HCSB. God wants us to know something more than anything and that is that He loves us more than we can possibly imagine, and He wants us to love Him in return. God goes to extraordinary lengths for our love, summarized as follows:
He chooses – God chooses each and every one of us personally to love and with whom to have a perfect relationship. Before we even knew who we were, He knew He wanted us.
For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.
For many are invited, but few are chosen.
For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight.
He pursues – God wants us so much that He will go to any lengths to take hold of us. He sent His own Son to chase after us on this earth.
We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19
When the time came to completion, God sent His Son…
Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:10
He rescues – We were dead in our sins, in an unbreakable bond of wickedness. Then God swept down as Jesus Christ and sacrificed His life to save us.< ?p>
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.
But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!
FFor God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
He saved us—
not by works of righteousness that we had done,
but according to His mercy,
through the washing of regeneration
and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
He woos – Even after dying for us, God continues to yearn for our affection. Therefore He gives and gives of His love and mercy, doing everything that it takes, simply to win us over to Him.
And those He predestined, He also called…
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
He protects – Before and after He wins us over, He works overtime to protect us from the hordes of evil that assail us day in and day out.
What then are we to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
…who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
…This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast number, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
2 Chronicles 20:15b
The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen.
2 Timothy 4:18
He lavishes – When we are securely in His grasp, loving Him and being loved by Him, we can see His love in the way He constantly lavishes us with wonderful gifts and blessings.
I will indeed bless you,
and I will greatly multiply you.
Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from heaven.
Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.
1 Timothy 6:17
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.
God loves us. He loves us so much. Out of eternity, even in the midst of the perfect love between the Father and the Son communicated by the Holy Spirit, He made a plan with some terrible pain for Himself, but a new indescribable love for millions. He offered the ultimate sacrifice to bring us to Himself. He wants us; He yearns for our affection. He completely doesn’t need us, but more than we can imagine He wants us. In perfect love, God chooses us, pursues us, rescues us, woos us, protects us, and lavishes His blessings upon us. He wants to come down, wrap us in His arms, and never let us go as He whispers His word of love into our ears. God wants us, and wants us to love Him. One day, He wants to look at you, say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” and hold you in an embrace that will create in you a euphoria that will last for eternity.