Know That God Loves You – 2
Know That God Loves You – 2
The most convincing evidence of God’s love in all Scripture is His giving His son to die for your sins. We must consider this fact when we are experiencing adversity. God did not spare His Son from the Adversity that occurred at Calvary. 1 John 4:9–10 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
As Peter preached on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2 we find that some of the men guilty of helping to drive the nails in Christ hands and feet were present. God is love and this is how He showed His love, He sent His son to die for your sins. He did all this because our greatest need is forgiveness for our sins, not freedom from adversity. All the adversity that has or will occur in this life cannot compare to the worst adversity the separation from God for eternity. Jesus said in Luke 10:20 ….. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
No earthly adversity can compare with God’s eternal damnation to hell. With the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross God met our greatest need. If you need proof of God’s love look at the Cross where God offered up His son as a sacrifice for your sins.
One of the essential characteristics of love is the element of self-sacrifice. God demonstrated His love for us at Calvary see Philippians 2:1-11. Paul said in Ephesians 2:3 that we spend our days gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature following its desires and thoughts. Ephesians 2:3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. We live for ourselves, our ambitions, our desires, and our pleasures. Each of us has sinned and rebelled willfully against a holy and righteous God. Because of our actions we are objects of God’s wrath. Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
God loved us so much He gave us the greatest conceivable gift. God will not withhold any lesser blessings from us. If God’s love was sufficient for my greatest need my, eternal salvation, surely it is sufficient for my lesser needs, the adversities I encounter in this life. No adversity can separate us from the love of God – to put it in Paul’s terms. Use your mind to reason through the great truths of Scripture.
By God’s grace through Christ we have been brought into the family of God. He made a covenant with us to be our God and we are to be His people. Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
God stated this more times than I can count, to the Israelites but they never understood this. Through Christ He has adopted us as His children. He has sent His Holy Spirit to live within us and to testify with our spirit that we are His children. He sent the Holy Spirit as a guarantee, a pledge. The Holy Spirit bears witness with us to this relationship we have with God when He causes us to cry in our hearts. Romans 8:15–16 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, Abba is a term that is reserved for the children of the family to call their father. Abba conveys to us how deeply the Spirit assures us that we are indeed children of the Most High God. God loves His children with a special love, a fatherly love. Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
As incredible as it may seem God delights in us as a father delights in His children. Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. God not only loves His children they are His very own. David speaks of God’s fatherly love in this way. Psalm 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him. God’s wisdom cannot be measured. God’s love cannot be measured. No adversity can carry us beyond the range of God’s love.
How has God’s love been demonstrated in some adversity that you have experienced?