Hope because of Love

The prophet Jeremiah assures, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

The coming of Christ is demonstration of something profound about God Himself. God decided to create humans, and He decided to lovingly preserve humanity even after egregious disobedience. Throughout human history, God kept saying He loved humans despite their proclivity to dissent from and even disregard God’s good authority.

There are certainly ways we can see God’s love on display in various acts in the past, but one particular scene shows God’s love more than any other. In the coming of God the Son to earth, humanity was able to point to something tangible and say, “This is God’s love.” When Christ came, lived, died, and rose again, we forevermore could know for sure that God’s love is steadfast.

On this last day of the week of hope, we begin to see how our hope rests upon the never-ceasing love of God. The Lord is our portion, indeed, and we may enjoy new mercies every morning because our hope is in the God who has already demonstrated His unwavering love in Christ.

How do you know that God will keep His promises? Why do you hope in Him? It is because He loves with an active and inexhaustible love, which we have already seen on display in the person and work of Christ.

Marked by Prayer and Love

“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…” (Ephesians 1:15-16).

Those who trust and believe in Jesus as Savior are marked by love for one another. This is especially true in the context of a local church family. When a connected group of Christians grow in their understanding of the Gospel, their loving embrace of one another becomes an increasingly powerful bond.

Many Christians know that prayer and love are things they should do, but sometimes we may struggle to understand exactly what that looks like. Simply put, our love for one another grows out of Christ’s love for us, and our love is put into action by prayerfully engaging one another.

Local church family is a rich and beautiful concept in the Bible. While it is certainly challenging, it is also highly rewarding. Those Christians who desire meaningful relationship with Christ will know that such a thing will inevitably correspond with loving and prayerful relationships with other Christians in Gospel-centered community together.

Christ Loves Hateful Sinners

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son…” (Romans 5:8, 10).

“I want to know what love is…” These lyrics express a basic longing in the human heart – we all want to know love and experience the real thing. With all our desire, however, we humans often know little of true love. And yet, there is hope to know not only what love is, but love personified.

At the start, we must understand that the world in which we live is a fallen world (Gen. 3). Since sin and rebellion against God entered the human heart, every child of Adam has naturally loved evil and hated the exposure light brings (Jn. 3:19-20; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:3). This hatred is rooted deeper than we’d like to admit, and it extends further than we usually realize.

Jesus Christ is love personified because He entered a hateful world for the sake and benefit of those who hate Him. What love is this! Without ignoring evil and hate, Jesus addressed these head on. He says to hateful sinners, “You and I both know your hatred for light and your love for evil, but I am committed to love you even unto death and to bring full reconciliation to our relationship.”

This is what love is… Jesus Christ is love personified.

May God make us to know this kind of love; may He grant that we would know this Savior who loves like no other, and may we love Him in return.

The Love of God

“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.

Love Like No Other

“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 in him” (1 Jn. 4:9).

Love is a word that some might argue has lost its meaning in recent years. We “love” far too many lesser things (like pizza, sports, and pets). These things are not necessarily bad, but they are undeserving of real love – genuine love – the kind of love we all deeply want.

When the Bible speaks of love, especially in the sense of God’s love for His children, it uses language that carries heavy weight. Love (real love) is an active and abiding posture of favor, kindness, and blessing.

While our notions of love can often be abysmally low (thinking in merely circumstantial or emotional terms), God’s love defines the term for us. God doesn’t fall in or out of love; His love does not change with the events of life. His love for His children defines the term, and we

God’s love for His children defines the term, and we will find our greatest joy as we rest in His love. May we celebrate God’s love anew today, and may God help us imitate His love every day.

 

What is the Love of God?

What tongue shall I use to answer such as this?

Can any poet really sing of a love like His?

No language may rise nor can melody be found,

His love earthly attempts do poorly resound.

Ah, but He Himself has answered quite well,

The love of God is revealed in Immanuel.