The Love of God 5

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is extravagant.  Notice he says, “that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  There have been a couple times in the recent past that my wife or I have received something free because of the “pay it forward” movement.  I like the concept and I try occasionally to do that because I have been very blessed with others helping me.

As I think about the love of God there are many words that come to mind.  One word is extravagant.  That means unrestrained, especially in regard to feelings.  When I think about how extravagant God love is there is one verse that comes to mind.  That verse is John 3:16, “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.”

That is extravagant love.  That is love that motivates.  Our love should motivate us to serve God.  Even more so His love for us should motivate us to serve Him.  Jesus gave all for us so the least we can do for Him is to give Him our all.

So, how are you doing?

 

The Love of God 4

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is exemplary.  John tells us in the next phrase “than this”.  He is sharing with us the example of God’s love in Jesus Christ.  He is telling us that it is exemplary.  That means that it is worthy of imitation and it is an illustration for us to follow.

Look at what Paul tells us in II Corinthians 5:14, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”  The love of God is our example and it compels us to do things.

What has love motivated you or I to do?  It might do us well to take an inventory and see if we have lost our love for what God has given us love for.

So, how are you doing?

The Love of God 3

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is exceeding.  He says, “hath no man”.   There is a saying circulating social media that says, “Only two men have died for you.  Jesus Christ and the American soldier.”  Being patriotic I like this saying.

As I was thinking about God’s great love and how His love is exceeding, I thought about David and Jonathan.  Look at what David said as he lamented in II Samuel 1:26, “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”

The love we have here on earth can be deep love; but, there is no love that is like the love of God.  God’s love far exceeds the love of any man, woman, boy or girl.  God’s love is exceeding love.

So, how are you doing?

The Love of God 2

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is extending.  the word “love” is the Greek word “agape” and it means affection or benevolence (Strong’s Concordance).

God’s love is extending to anyone and everyone and everyone.  The problem is that some reject God’s love.  There are many reason why people do this.  I think if people really understood the love God has for them they would respond differently.

I like the words of Ephesians 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”  God’s love surpasses our finite knowledge.  We cannot fully understand the love of God.  It is impossible.  One day when we receive our glorified bodies then we will understand it all.  Until then we take it by faith because we have God’s Word on it.

One day when we arrive in Heaven we will know perfectly the love of God.  We will finally understand it fully.  Until then we take Him at His Word.  He loves you supremely!

So, how are you doing?

The Love of God

I was thinking the other day about the love of God.  As I was thinking some thoughts came to me so I wrote them down.  I am going to take the next few days and share them with you.

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

I want to look at the truth that God’s love is exceptional.  The first word of our verse is “Greater”.  The word “Greater” means larger (figuratively, specially, in age).  taken from the Strong’s Concordance.

So, John is trying to tell us that God has loved us for a long time.  In eternity past God looked down through time and saw that human beings would need a Saviour.  He saw our sin problem.

As He looked at us He knew that He would have to provide that payment for our sin.  That is where Jesus steps in and goes to the cross and dies as the Sinless Lamb of God.  His sacrifice paid the debt of sin for each person who will receive Him as their Saviour.

I chose the word “exceptional” for a reason.  It means far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree, surpassing what is common, usual or expected (taken from the Word Web dictionary).  It took just exactly this.  It took someone who was sinless and perfect.  Only Jesus could pay that sin.
So, how are you doing?