“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Have you experienced God’s love? How did that happen? When did it happen? Is God’s love a constant in your life?
One of the first Biblical references to God’s love is found in Deuteronomy 7, where we read:
6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
Israel was blessed to be God’s chosen people. They were ushered out of Egypt by God’s loving hand. Do you think many walked along that rugged trail “as if on a cloud”? Was the love of God so surrounding them that they felt full and complete?
The next verses suggest that some could have “walked in fullness,” although there was also another possibility. You see, the text continues with their need to know that the LORD their God was God, the faithful God. He keeps His covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments. He would also be the same God who would repay to their face those who hate Him, by destroying them. Verse 11 warns, “You shall therefore be careful to do the commandments and the statutes and the rules that I command you today.”
Has God’s love so touched you that you have become one of His children? All people have been created by God, but many are separated from Him. They may think they are a child of God, but they are spiritually separated from Him. And yet, God’s love is available for all to experience. Each person must acknowledge their sinful nature, repent of it, and commit themselves to the One who loved us enough to die for our sin – Jesus Christ!
We read in 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the children of God; and so we are.”
Dr. Albert Einstein once said, “If any church would be content to have Jesus’ teaching of love as its creed, I would join that church.” I don’t know if he ever encountered such a church. May there be many people who see the love of God in us.