God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
God had so much love in His heart that He had to do something with it. He came to us with the greatest compassion and love. His love gave us the gift of His Son. He didn’t have to do anything for us, but He did.
God is love (1 John 4:8). He doesn’t stand back with His arms crossed, shaking his head and saying, “I'll love you when you do good enough to please me." The enemy tells us that the love of God has to be earned and then kept by still earning God's approval. Religion says that if we do certain things, we will receive God's blessings. But God says that He loved us so much while we were yet sinners, He came to save us (Romans 5:8). He didn't ask anything of us. He offered His life for ours.
Have you ever considered everlasting life as being yours now? You received the promise of eternal life when you were saved. You became joined to God in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17), and your soul became one with His forever (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). Christ, the hope of glory, came to live in you. Through Jesus, God has made known to you the riches of His glory (Colossians 1:27). His promises of peace and joy and wholeness are the gifts of His abundant life now (Romans 14:17, John 10:10).
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9, NKJV).
“My love for you is revealed to you through my Son,” God declares.
God didn’t send His Son to save us and then burn us out by requiring that we prove our love for Him. That is not the love of God. We don’t have to prove that we love God by what we do. He loves us, and we love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Jesus came to reveal the love of God to us. It was His love on the Cross that destroyed sin and death and the separation between God and us. And it is the revelation of God’s love that now fills us with His overflowing love and grace.
The Word of God is His love letter to make personally yours. A revelation of His love unlocks His promises to you. When you realize the love and power of God that was manifested for you, you have the victory of His abundant life now (John 10:10). You experience peace and joy and healing through the finished work of Jesus.
God gave you all His love on the Cross. He would never hold back the blessings that His Son purchased for you. That isn’t love. And He doesn’t hold back. He freely gives us all things (Romans 8:32). He paid the price. Not you. That is His love for you now and not just sometime in the future. When you realize how much He loves you right now—how deep His love for you is—you are free to receive His love and to love as He loves you.
The fullness of the love of God lives within you. Your sometime is now.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher