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Summary: Only the Love of Christ can reach beyond our wildest dreams and imagination. His love is a Love that goes far beyond measure.

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LOVE BEYOND ALL MEASURE

John 15:12-13

Christmas Series 2008

The love of God is incomprehensible to each one of us. We cannot comprehend the magnitude of how God really does love us. Many hymns have been written with the main priority of describing God’s love.

One in particular:

“The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star, and reaches o the lowest hell;

The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;

His erring child He reconciled, and pardoned from his sin.”

“When years of time shall pass away and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,

When men who here refuse to pray, on rocks and hills and mountains call,

God’s love so sure shall still endure, all measureless and strong;

Redeeming grace to Adam’s race – the saints’ and angels’ song.

“O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure – the saints’ and angels’ song!’

Oh how true – measureless and strong. Greater than any tongue or pen can tell. Why did God send His son to this earth – His love for mankind – to give us a chance!

This morning – we look at 4 descriptions of God’s love from Scripture. I pray that you possess God’s love in your life.

TEXT

I. God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL

It is not based on our performance

Romans 5:8

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”

It is based on His sovereign choice and His mercy

Deuteronomy 7:7-8

“The Lord did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any other people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sword unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you.”

Oath refers to the Abrahamic Covenant

Genesis 12:2-3

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Friends – God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL for each one of us today

His love has nothing to do with our goodness

His love has nothing to do with our performance

God already knows the worst about every one of us here today – yet, He chose to love us

II. God’s love is UNFATHOMABLE

WOW – God’s love lasts Forever

Psalm 103:15-17

“As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the pace thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.”

The quote “Everlasting to everlasting” sticks out – there is no end to God’s love – to God’s mercy – to God’s grace – for you and I. Why not trust Him? Why not give your life to Him? Why not commit to serving Him fully?

He knows you and I better than we know ourselves:

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet of the nations.”


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