Summary: This sermon deals with God's Love for us, and what that exactly looks like as we explore seven ideas and concepts about God's love, and how God's love is everlasting, unchangeable, without limits, sacrificial, and filled with grace.
God’s Love For Us
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Alice thought she had the perfect fiancé. As she was getting to know Michael and his family, she was impressed by how much his parents loved each other. “They’re so thoughtful,” she said. “Why, your dad even brings your mom a cup of hot coffee in bed every morning.”
Alice and Michael eventually got married, and as they were leaving the wedding, Alice again remarked on Michael’s loving parents and his mom’s morning coffee in bed. She said, “Tell me, does it run in the family?”
And Michael replied, “It sure does, but you should know I take after my mom.”
One morning a woman woke up and told her husband of a dream. “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s Day. What do you think it means?”
Her husband replied, “Honey, you’ll know what it means tonight.”
That evening, her husband came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it to find a book entitled, “The Meaning of Dreams.”
Sometimes, when it comes to relationships, love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but when it comes to our relationship with God, His love exceeds our wildest expectation, because from the time God created us He loved us with an unimaginable love. He loved us even though He didn’t have to.
Think about this, God doesn’t need us. But He loves us nonetheless, and it isn’t something He’s forced to do; rather He loves us because He chose us from the very foundation of the world to be His special people, that is, His bride.
In the song we sang earlier, “The Love of God,” it describes God’s love as “greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell.” It goes on to say that if the skies were a scroll, the oceans full of ink, and every stalk on earth a writing quill, we still couldn’t write of how much God loves us.
God loves us beyond anything we could ever imagine, and He longs for us to experience the fullness of His love. And if we want real love, ideal love, perfect love, it’s not going to be found in any other relationship outside of a relationship with God.
What I’d like to do in our time together is to share some ideas and concepts about God’s love for us.
1. God Loves Us Just Because
While Valentines Day is long gone and over, God’s love for us will never be over. As I stated earlier, God loves us and longs for us to experience that love.
One significant aspect about God’s love is that God loves us just because. Why “just because,” because we are His special treasures and He desires to draw us into a deeper love relationship with Him. Therefore, He lures us away from those things that are not healthy or helpful, that compete for our affection.
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV)
Every minute of every day since we heard God’s call to come and meet with Him, He’s been pursuing a love relationship with us, seeking to draw us as close as a mother draws her child close to herself. He wants to be near to us, and for us near to Him.
God loves us “just because,” which means that while His love defies logic, it still has reason.
First, God loves us just because it’s a part of His very nature. That is, God is love. And because of His love for us He tells us to love others.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7 NKJV)
In fact, God loved us so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us, to take our place and die the death we deserve.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
And so God loves us, because God is love.
Second, God loves us because He created us in His image and according to His likeness, and while sin has destroyed some of that image and likeness, God still loves us because each of us has a unique value. In fact, God made us to have a relationship with Him.
“God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’” (Genesis 1:26 NKJV)
We’ve been made in God’s image and likeness, and so within our DNA lay the potential of having an intimate relationship with Him.
The Bible says God set His affection upon His people to love them, not because they were more numerous or greater than all the other people groups, but rather quite the opposite, He chose to love them. In Psalm 91:14 it says that God “set His love,” upon us, that is, God fastens His love to us, meaning that God’s love will hold onto us and won’t let go. The Bible says that nothing can separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:38-39)