Wednesday, October 3, 2012

God's Love


"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:13

The greatest gift God has ever given us is love.  He laid down his life for us so that we may have a better inheritance than what this world offers.  Jesus died so that we might have life through him.  It is beyond what we can fathom or think.  John 3:16 tells us "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  Eternal life is the promise for those who believe in Jesus Christ.  

1 John 4:9-10 confirms this truth by sharing "This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."  God's demonstrated his great love for us by allowing his Son to atone our sins through his shed blood at calvary.  He paid the price to redeem us from eternal destruction.  He took our place.  We deserved death, but the good news of the gospel is that he died so that we may have eternal life.  

He not only redeem us and brought us back with the precious blood of Jesus, but he also came to justify us.  He paid the penalty for all of our sins so it is an if just if did not sin.  What he did removes our guilt stained conscious so that we may have fellowship with him.  He also came to sanctify us as well.  Just as he was sent apart for God, so shall we be.  This sanctification removes us from those worldly things and sins that keep us from walking in all the fullness God has for us.  He knows that sin separates us from him and that the wages of sin brings death.  He desires what is best for us that is why he will show us how to live a godly life to overcome sin.  When we are sanctified then we are able to be transformed in our minds to hold his thoughts and attitudes.  It gives us faith, hope, peace and love and this brings about his glory.  

God loved you so much that he sent his one and only Son to pay for your sins.  He laid down his life freely so that you could be restored to fellowship with God and has the assurance of eternal life.  May you see his great love for you.



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