“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not”.
1 John 3:1 (KJV)
One major challenge of today’s church folks is the inability to know, accept, and indeed become intimate with the truth of God’s unconditional love. You need to understand that God’s love for us is Agape love. That is love regardless of what you have done. Agape love is that kind of love that requires nothing from man. It is love that reaches out even when you are undeserving.
We see the display of His Agape love first in redemption. Romans 5:6-8 clearly tells us about His love in redemption: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly: for scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’’
God did not wait for us to know Him. We didn’t come crawling on our knees, but rather He paid the price even when we had not come to terms with the fact that we were on the wrong side of the law.
Secondly, we see His love displayed in forgiveness. Do you remember the story of the prodigal son? The boy asked his father to give him his inheritance and he collected it and left the house, to a far country where he squandered it all. Rather than shut the door against the boy for wasting his resources, the father was every day expecting the safe arrival of his son. When the boy eventually returned home, the father ran to him while he was yet afar off. He quickly made available a robe that fitted the young man, shoes his size, a ring for his hand and even much more. His father threw a lavish party to welcome him back home. That is love in action; God’s unconditional love.
Further Reading: Luke 15:11-32, 1John 4:9-11
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Proverbs 1-2; Evening- 1 Corinthians 16