Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wonderful Truths of Grace, Part 6


God loves us.  To love is to give value, thus God's love for us shows us that He see us as valuable and important to Him.  To love is also to delight in, thus God's love for us shows that He delights in us and wants us around.  He likes to be with us.  He actually likes us!  He made and likes each one's personality and enjoys being with us.  He knows us in every way, knows us in our nakedness, and loves us as we are!  He rejoices over us and sings of His love for us (Zeph. 3:17)!  We are the pearl of great price that He "found" and just can't give up! 

His love is so deep and wide it truly fills Him and encompasses everything He is, so much so that He is actually defined as love! And it is a perfect love.  God actually loves us with the same love Has has for Jesus (John 17:23)!

His love for us is a great big love.  It cannot get any bigger, and nothing we do or think would ever make it get smaller.  His love absorbed all our sin on the cross, taking away anything that would keep us from fully enjoying that love.  Yes, it is in Jesus' life, death and resurrection that His wonderful love is revealed.  He went through the hell of carrying all our sins in order to bring us back - that's true love!

He doesn't relate to us in order to "use" us, and He has no hidden agenda - just showering His love on us and being with us is an end in itself.  In fact, just being with us in loving union the "main thing" with Him (John 17:26)!  His focus is not on changing us but on loving us.  Relationship with us is the most important thing to Him!  God has a wonderful plan and goal for our life, and it is to love us, to love us, to love us...

God's love is without condition, given for free.  We don't have to do or be anything to get it or to keep it coming.  It's ours already - now and forever - freely given just because that is how He is!  He will never relate to us on any other basis than love!  Not on the basis of sin, performance, law, change, growth, teaching a lesson, - not anything else but LOVE!

And this love is a forever love.  It will outshine the brightest stars and outlast eternity.  We are loved for good, for all time, forevermore!

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14