We have all heard it:
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. (John 3:16 NIV)
Yesterday during our sermon on witnessing and loving the lost, it occurred to me just how much God loves us. While we all know that God does in fact love us, I don’t think I ever realized just how much.
Sure, I understand that He created us, (in His image, no less), and that He wants us to be His children. I even get that He sent His son to die for us – a love that seems unsurpassable.
But what really hit me yesterday occurred during Pastor Carter’s message. He was referring to the lost people of this world and how they are living lives that can be filled with sin, generally because they don’t know how bad it really is.
That’s when it hit me. God knows! God knows how sinful the lost are. He knows how sinful I was, how sinful I am, and how sinful I will still be. He knows I am going to fail him, yet He still loves me.
His love is truly unconditional; similar to the love a father has for a son (which I know, because I love my son more than anyone does – except God, of course). Still, God loves us more!
Despite what we have done, are doing, or will do, God loves us and has provided a way for every one of us to have eternal life.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2 NIV)