“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” — William Temple

The love of God is so overwhelmingly large and deep it simply cannot be fully comprehended by the human mind. However, it can be known and felt by every living soul. Consider too, that to know God and His love is the compelling force behind our love for Him. To know God is to love Him.

In the first letter written by the apostle John he writes, “… and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

The fact is, God’s case is simply and dramatically expressed in His love for mankind.

In this same chapter of first John, he writes also regarding the magnitude of God’s love, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

God’s love was and is so great that He sent His only Son into a wicked world and allowed Him to be abused and misused to such an extent that He was finally killed. This brings to mind the wonderful and encouraging truth from the gospel of John which reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

There just isn’t any greater love than this, and when we try to fathom it we are left rubbing our chins in total awe of its demonstration and dimension.

No less intriguing is the purpose behind the demonstration of this great love. It is true that God from the very beginning loved His creation and only sought the love of man in return. However, we know that man demonstrated a lack of love for his Creator by rebelling against Him. In this act, man separated himself from the God who loved him. But, it was always the purpose of God that man be given the opportunity to be restored to Him. It was, therefore, His great love which motivated Him to offer His own Son as the one who would pay the price of sin and die for the creation He loved. God gave His Son to die in the place of man. What true parent among us could conceive of such an act no matter what love we might have for another, much less for those who are our enemies? How immense is this love?

To understand just a little about this love note what the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Through Jesus and His death on the cross, God, in His great love, made it possible for all of us to be reconciled to Him through the Son and our obedience to Him.

“Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

When we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ we are reconciled to God and demonstrate our love for Him and Paul says this brings glory to God. What a blessing is ours in the great love of God.

“This is the God we adore, / Our faithful unchangeable friend. / Whose love is as great as His power, / And neither knows measure nor end.” — Anonymous

C.E. White is a native of Nacogdoches who graduated from NHS in 1965 and SFA in 1974. He is a Navy veteran and refers to himself as simply “a Bible student.” He may be reached at csleanleadership@gmail.com.

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