How God Shows His Love to UsBro. David Chancellor
4/25/2010 11:00 AM
1 John 4:15-17
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him." God is love. Do you know that God loves you? We should know that God loves us. He shows his love to us day by day if we’ll stop and take note of it.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
God wants us to love our fellowman no matter what the circumstances might be. "…for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and the sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." God showed his love to us by allowing the sun to rise for us. We all benefited from the rain this week. God provides for our physical needs. God shows love to you even if you don’t show love to him. He lets life continue for you so that you will have another opportunity to find him.
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.
God loved you enough to send his Son so that you wouldn’t perish. Many things we need for this life are found in Christ. Jesus came so that our soul’s needs can be met.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Jesus came and loved us and died for us while we were still sinners. There was nothing in us to draw God to us.
"And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ…" By Christ’s coming, he also provided that we can enjoy God. We can enjoy being with God every day. We can have the same enjoyment that Adam and Eve had in the garden before they sinned. They walked with God and enjoyed his presence each day.
What Job experienced was for the glory of God. Job stuck with God no matter what happened. God didn’t abandon him.
Hebrews 12:5-6, 10
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
We appreciate his blessings. When he corrects us, he’s still showing us that he loves us. He wants us to partake of his holiness. Appreciate whatever God’s love sends our way. Believe that God sent it. God cares about his people. He allows hard things to come along. Don’t give up on God when hard things come. Be faithful. God cares about you.
2 Timothy 4:1-2
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
God may send reproof and rebuke through preaching. He doesn’t want to leave us in a condition that leaves us spiritually broken. Correction is necessary for good spiritual life. It might hurt, but receive it as a manifestation of God’s love. God loves us and has invested a lot in us so that we can enjoy him. He cares about us and wants to bless us. He can prosper you in good things. Remember that God loves you and cares about you.