Here are six great Bible verses about the love of God.
The Bible verse that says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” may be so familiar to us that we don’t realize just how powerful this Bible verse is. Is there any greater love to be displayed by the Father to allow His own sinless Son to die for those who are sinners? And Jesus’ own selflessness is astounding, isn’t it?
I would imagine if you were given the choice to have your spouse or child killed or to have your own life taken, you’d probably die for them, right? Now think about this. It was yet, “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Rom 5:10). Who would die for an enemy? God did, because we were once His enemies, but God’s love was displayed by Jesus’ dying for those who were, at one time, His enemies.
Is there any greater love that you could show to your friend than to die for them? I wouldn’t think there’s any greater display of love than that, and yet, the Apostle John writes, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). There is no greater love, is there?
First John 4:19
We may have the wrong idea about loving God. We might think that we came to love God and then He saved us, but the truth is, “We love because he first loved us” (1st John 4:19). In other words, God made the first move. The only reason we love God today is because He loved us first.
Our natural tendency is to worry about our needs, and often, we start to worry about tomorrow and the next day, but Jesus wants to reassure us that He knows every need better than we do and why Jesus said, “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7). Obviously, we’re more valued than the sparrows and God makes sure they’re fed (Luke12:6), so why would He not ensure we too will be taken care of?
Romans 5:7-8 says, “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” When Jesus was on the cross, He even said to those who had crucified Him, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34), and if Jesus hadn’t prayed that prayer, all who were at the cross would have been hopelessly condemned, but because of Jesus’ merciful heart, He died for us when we weren’t good at all, including those who were crucifying Him. He died for us while we were still wicked, ungodly, sinners who were His natural enemies (Rom 5:6-10).
The Bible is like a love letter written to His children to show them how much God loved them…enough to die for them while still His ungodly enemies, and while still being undeserving wicked sinners. That love is impossible to describe in words, so Jesus displayed His love on the cross so that we might die to ourselves and live for Him.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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