Summary: How do I know that God loves me?
He Loved me any way.
John 15:9 (NKJ)
How do I know that God loves me?
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (NKJ)
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NKJ)
Why did Jesus have to die for us?
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NKJ)
You may ask what’s the big deal about sin?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJ)
For the wages of sin is death, means you are separated from God because of your sin.
God gave his Son to die in your place, to pay your sin Deut, Why because he wants to spend eternity with you.
You may say you don’t know how big my sin Deut is, THERE IS SOME THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW.
1) I am the thorn in your crown.
John 19:1-4 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.
4 Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” (NKJ)
Pilate said, I find no fault in Him.
But I want you to know there is a lot of faults you could find in me.
• I have lied to people.
• I have cheated people.
• I have put other things before you God.
• I have misused your name.
• I have shamed my family.
• I have killed people with my words.
• I have been a false witness.
• I have stolen from others.
Even though I have faults you love me any way.
2) I am the sweat from your brow.
Luke 22:44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (NKJ)
As Jesus prayed God reminded him through the great drops of blood falling to the ground that one drop of his blood on Calvary would take care of Ray’s sin Deut.
I have caused agony on Jesus.
• When I say I am a Christian, but live like the world.
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (NKJ)
Do your actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values?
• When you see people in need and you turn your head.
James 2:15-17 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (NKJ)
James illustrates his point by comparing faith without works to words of compassion without acts of compassion.
A professed faith must produce a change in behaviour, otherwise it is dead and useless.
• When I tar down my brother and sister in stead of building them up.
Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. It is our duty to build one another up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (NLT)
Galatians 5:13-15 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. (NLT)
Philippians 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (NLT)