“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9–10).
Who can measure, who can fathom, who can explain the love of God? It is more comprehensive, more profound, and more evocative than our imaginations can dream. Further, God’s love is tangible, visible, and real. Further still, God’s love is decisive, purposeful, and steadfast.
The love of God is chiefly ‘manifested’ or shown in the sending of His Son to unloving and unfaithful sinners. “Not that we have loved God,” for God’s love does not begin in us. Rather, in breathtaking selflessness, God decided to love the unlovable.
Motivated by His decisive love, God worked out the full expression of His love in creating a people upon whom His love is lavished. All those who look to Christ, who believe in Him, are the objects of God’s immeasurable love. These are those who have been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and the love of God awakens love within them.
May you and I know the love of God, and may we lament ever having presumed upon or thought little of God’s profound love.