“He that loveth not knowth not God, for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”1 John 4:8-9
From Genesis to Revelation, from earth’s greatest tragedy to earth’s greatest triumph, the dramatic story of man’s lowest depths and God’s highest heights can be couched in twenty-five beautiful words:
“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.”John 3:16
Many people misunderstand the great attribute of God’s nature, which is love. “God is love” does not mean that everything is sweet, beautiful and happy, and that God’s love could not possibly allow punishment for sin.
God’s holiness demands that all sin must be punished, but God’s love provided a plan of redemption and salvation for sinful mankind.
God’s love provided the Cross of Jesus Christ by which all can have access to forgiveness and cleansing.
It was the love of God that sent Jesus Christ to that Cross.
Who can describe or measure the love of God. The Bible is a revelation of the fact that God is love.
When we preach justice, it is justice tempered with love. When we preach righteousness , it is righteousness founded on love.
When we preach atonement, it is atonement planned by love, provided by love, given by love, finished by love, necessitated because of love.
When we preach the resurrection of Christ, we are preaching the miracle of love.When we preach the return of Christ, we are preaching the fulfillment of love.
God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”1 John 4:8-9
Written by Frank Simon (New Haven, Michigan, USA)
Acknowledgement: THE GOSPEL WITNESS, Number 4
Published by : ©2005Christian Book Room
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