June 27th 2010

God’s Love 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts [higher] than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

Regardless of how hard we try, we are never going to understand everything about God. But God has made it possible, through Jesus Christ, for us to know him.

The apostle John wrote, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8).

Love is not merely one of God’s many activities. Rather, love characterises all that God is and does. What God creates, he creates in love. When God judges, he judges in love. All that God does expresses his love.

We know that God has no beginning and no end. And the Bible tells us that he is the same yesterday, today and forever. This means that his love has no restrictions. His grace toward us, shown in his forgiveness and mercy, springs from who he is, the God who reveals himself to us in Jesus Christ as love.

None of us deserves God’s favour, no matter how well behaved we might be. But God loves us anyway, and extends to us his grace both to forgive us and to change us into people who love others as God loves us.

The apostle Paul writes: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:11-14).

God actually invites us, through Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, to take part in the circle of love that Jesus shares with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Take comfort in the knowledge that no matter where you go and what you do, God will never give up on you. He loves you, and wants you to know a life of love with him and with your fellow human beings.

Holy Father, thank you for love. So often we see you through our own prejudices and viewpoints. Help us to see you in the clear light of what you are, not what we think you are or should be. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach 

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