It’s the time of year when people of all ages are looking for creative ways to express their love to that special someone. Roses are being ordered. Dinner reservations are being made. And there’s that one aisle at the grocery store lined with rich chocolates, shiny heart shaped balloons and chalky heart candies.
Have you ever paused long enough to consider the love of God – specifically, God’s love for you? He didn’t express His love to you with a dozen roses or that beautiful diamond necklace. He expressed His love to you with something so much greater: a savior! His son!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
According to John 3:16 there are four simple truths about God’s love that we shouldn’t miss.
God’s Love Is Unlimited
Think for a moment about the entire world population in connection to the love of God. As of 2017 there were around seven billion people on planet Earth. That’s seven billion people whom God created, and for whom He has a purpose. That’s seven billion souls that God loves deeply! And that doesn’t even begin to number all the generations of people throughout history. What’s more, in humanity we see that God loves diversity. No two people are exactly the same. Therefore, we must conclude that His love is not limited to a single race, social class, nation or people group.
God’s Love Is Unselfish
Romans 3 teaches that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s standards. We’re all imperfect people! Because God is perfect and we are not, our sin separated us from Him. He created us to live closely connected to Himself. Which means we needed a way to be reconnected to God. The Good News is that God provided the way for you to be reconciled to Himself through His son, Jesus Christ, whom He unselfishly gave for all people.
God’s Love Is Uncomplicated
In John 3:16 notice the word “whosoever”. Let’s not complicate the love of God. He has made it clear that He loves all people. Jesus said that He came not for the healthy but for the sick. When we’re real with ourselves and with God, we can all confess that if left alone we are all sick. We need the Great Physician, Jesus Christ to work in our lives.
God’s Love Is Unending
God’s love for you is an everlasting love. What an incredible gift! The thing about a gift is that it does no good unless it is received and opened. The same is true about salvation. In order for you to experience God’s Love and be saved you must receive the gift, not just know about it.
To the reader who may not know Jesus: as you make plans to give that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, will you receive the greatest gift of love you’ll ever be given – eternal life? Will you accept His salvation, which you could never earn but which He bought for you on the cross, and trust in His name? Believer, are you consistently demonstrating the love of Jesus to those around you? Pastor or church leader, are you positioning yourself to share this gift with others?