Called to Love Part – 4

John 3:16 —-  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

It is not hard to see why the above verse is one of the most famous, most often memorized, most cherished verses in the Bible. Packed into this verse are the greatest realities that exist. God. Love. The world. The Son of God. Faith. Perishing forever. Living forever. Whoever — you. These are the greatest things that can be. What could be more important? What could be more relevant for you right now? What could be more urgent for you or momentous for you than to know where you stand in relation to what God says to you in this verse?

So when John 16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave . . .” the giving is God sending his Son to earth on a mission to die. It’s just as amazing — only a million times more so — as if you should say to your son, “There is something I want you to do for me: I have some enemies that deserve to perish, and I want you to go and die in their place, so that they can have eternal life.” Whatever else you know about God, make sure you know He is like that.

God’s love is always “giving”. How much are we willing to give of ourselves to God for the benefit of others and how much do we long to receive from others? Jesus’ torment in the Garden of Gethsemane was so severe, He sweated blood. On the cross, Jesus endured pain beyond imagination so that the sin of the whole world could be on Him and the world could be saved. That is love!

When we begin to meditate on God’s love, we understand the price God paid for our salvation. This realisation makes it difficult to walk in sin and encourages us to only walk in love. We have to take a decision to reach out to our fellow brothers and sisters and preach love through our action. God is love. He that dwells in love dwells in God.

When we truly understand the magnitude of Jesus’ suffering on the cross, it will no longer be what God can do for us but what we would like to do for God. Once we reach this stage, our whole life will change because now we are no longer interested in what we can get, rather we are more interested in what we can do for others.

Believe this promise of John3:16.  Receive the treasure of Christ — and life.


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