Many people want to define God’s love based on their experiences and what they are going through. They will say, “If God is love then why does He let all these bad things happen? If God loves us why do we have to suffer, why are people sick and die? Why is there so much evil in the world, if God is love?” Some people want to define God according to human reasoning. Some even want to tell the Potter what type of pottery He should make. When people do not see the life they want or expected, then they will say God is unjust or God is not love.
The world says if God is love, He would not send anyone to hell. God’s integrity and righteousness demands the payment for sin which is death. It was the love of God that sent Jesus to die but it was the death at the cross that saved us from eternal destruction. God’s love could not be untrue to Himself and turn a blind eye to sin. The Holiness of God, demanded payment and Jesus made this payment in full, when He cried, “It is finished.”
The question of God’s love for us was answered at the Cross. The love of God was displayed at Calvary with the death of Jesus. God loved this world so much that He gave His only Son so that those who believed in Him should not perish for eternity. This is an awesome display of love. There is no greater love expressed than when a person lays down their life for their beloved. God’s love is defined by His sacrifice, His Son! God’s love is not measured by whether we are having a good day, living without struggles and finding favour in life circumstances. The matter was settled at Calvary!
The death of Jesus on the cross enabled God to forgive our sins and bring us back into a righteous standing with Him. A righteous God could not be true to Himself and fail to punish sin. The wages of sin is death and someone will die an eternal death in payment of sin. Jesus became sin on the cross so that He would pay the sin debt for all who will believe in Him and His truth. It was God’s love for us that sent Jesus to the cross. It was Jesus’ love displayed in that He laid down His life for us. The love of God and the Blood of Jesus speaks for all eternity of the love God has for us. God has settled the matter, nothing can separate us from the love of God and that my friend, is truth!
God’s love saw our need while we were still deep in our sins. Though we were at enmity with God in our own minds and actions, He paid the ransom to set us free from our enslavement to sin. Whether we want to acknowledge the conflict between good and evil in this fallen world system or not, we see the effect of the age long battle for the hearts and minds of people. The lie of the world says, “God is unjust, He cannot love.” Truth speaks, there is an enemy that wants to kill, steal and destroy the image bearers of God. Jesus came to show us the truth of our created purpose and destiny. We were created to be the image bearers of God our heavenly Father and to display His love on the earth.
John 18:37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
Remember, we need never again question the love of God or be defined by life experiences, our culture or society. The Blood of Jesus speaks for all eternity, the Love of the Father. It is when we rest in the completed work of Christ that we can press through life’s challenges and yes, even walk through the valley of grievous things, because nothing can separate us from the love God has for us.
1 John 4:9-11 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. 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. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. NKJV
1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! NKJV