February 23, 2020

God is Love

Introduction: God is love! That’s a hard truth to fully embrace and let it sink into your deepest soul.  But, if and when you do, that truth will change everything about you.

Fear Obstructs God’s Love for You
The emotion that most hinders you from experiencing God’s unconditional love for you is NOT hate, but fear.

 “What comes into (your) mind when (you) think about God is the most important thing about (you) ….”  A.W. Tozer

Do you believe that God loves you?

Jesus’ Love Surpasses Fear
But God:

  • Was merciful and loving.
  • Demonstrated His love openly for us when we continued in disobedience.

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Love in Paul’s time was reliant on the worthiness of the recipient.

  • Eros: the love of attraction to other
  • Storge: the love of family
  • Philia: brotherly love
  • Agape: love based on the character and nature of the one giving love

God’s Unconditional Love

  • Unworthy of God’s Love: YES!
  • Worthless to God: NO!

“Christ identifies Himself with our welfare.” J. I. Packer

“My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” Brennan Manning

The Great, Great Love of God!

Weekly Questions: Do you believe that God loves you unconditionally? If yes, how does that change you completely? If no, has the message today helped you to know that God loves you?