9th June 2013

The Highest Love 

“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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 (NIV UK) 

Sometimes the greatest truth can be best expressed in the simplest way. For example, the saying, “My God is so high you can’t get over him.” That’s pretty high.

The Bible also tells us that God has no beginning and has no end. I can’t begin to perceive that. Can you? There is no analogy I can come up with that makes it totally clear.

Another thing the Bible tells us is that God is love. Not that love is just one of his many attributes, but that he is love. All that God is and does is love!

In other words, when God creates, he creates in love. And also, it’s for us to know that when God judges, he judges in love.

We’re not used to that kind of love. Maybe that’s because most of us put limits on our love, restricting it just to those who love us. We usually want something in return for the things we give, but God isn’t like that. He loves us even when we don’t love him.

God’s love is expressed through his grace. No matter how well behaved we try to be, none of us deserves God’s favour. And yet God loves us anyway, and nothing we have done, or can do will take us beyond his loving reach.

The apostle John wrote these encouraging words, quoting Jesus: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27-30).

That’s a love “so high you can’t get over it.” Or around it. Or away from it.

Prayer
Holy Father, we can’t begin to return the love that you have for us. Apart from anything else your love is a divine love, and at best our love is so human. But please help us to comprehend a little more about your love every day as time passes us by. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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 joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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