How do we know God loves us? “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)
Jesus Christ is the only hope for humanity and has showed us real love. Jesus had to die so that we might live through Him. God sacrificed the most precious one to him, his son Jesus Christ, so that we could experience eternal life.
We can never fully understand God’s love, however, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived — the things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9).
Our loving and awesome God sometimes uses other people to help us recognize real love. Through every season of life, we experience God’s grace, mercy, compassion and faithfulness.
Great is God’s mercy toward us. His love and kindness toward us and tender mercy, we see day after day. God is forever faithful toward us and always providing for us. Do you know that God loves you?
God’s love transforms us to be who he called us to be in life. God’s plan for us is to be in his perfect will for our lives.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:28-31).
God wants us to encounter his love so he can transform us by his power. How should we love each other?
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error,” (1 John 4:4)
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4)
What is real love? “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.” (1 Cor. 13:4-7).
Do you have real love in your life? Love is a choice that God allows us to make for ourselves. Also, love shows actions with the right reasons.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18).
Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.
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