Monday, December 15, 2008

Some thoughts on the love of God

Some thoughts from yesterday's sermon on the Love of God to carry through the Christmas season.

1 John 3:1 tells us that God has lavished His love on us.

"See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!

God is infinitely LOVING.

A.W. Tozer once wrote:

"I can no more do justice to this awesome and wonder-filled topic than a child can grasp a star."

God's love is so hard for us to get a handle on is because our Heavenly Father doesn't love like we humans tend to love.

Christmas shows us that God's love is ETERNAL. I read a line yesterday that seems to say it all:
"God's POWER is the HOW of creation but His LOVE is the WHY." God has been loving YOU since before the dawn of time.

God's love is PERSONAL.
When God sent His Son into the world,He had you and me as individuals in mind.
In going after the one lost lamb ,Jesus showed that He would have given His life if there was only you.

To Him EACH of us is invaluable!

"There are many reasons God saves you: to bring glory to Himself, to appease His justice, to demonstrate His sovereignty. But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because He [LOVES] of you. He likes having you around. He thinks you're the best thing to come down the pike in quite a while...If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every Spring, and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe and He chose your heart. And the Christmas give He sent you in Bethlehem? Face it friend, He's crazy about you!"
- Max Lucado
God's love is a PERSONAL love that seeks each of us.

God's love is UNCONDITIONAL.we are not naturally lovable people. Romans 5:8 says, "...God demonstrates His love for us in this. While we were still sinners Christ died for us."

God's love is SACRIFICIAL.
Our gifts pale in comparison to the sacrificial Gift of God.

That is why God gave us Christmas.

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