Do you know how much God loves you? Have you ever contemplated how great his love for you really is? And how about his wrath against our sin? Let’s start with God’s love. Here are six incredible demonstrations of God’s great love.
- He loves us to no greater or less degree than he loves his own sinless son (John 3:16).
- He exchanged himself for us as if we were of equal value to him. In II Corinthians 5:19 it says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them.” The Greek word here, used for “reconcile,” is a financial term that literally means, an exchange of equal value. God considered us as of equal value to Jesus.
- He died for us while we were his enemies (Romans 5:10).
- He loved us so much he became like us, not considering equality with God a thing to be grasped (Philippians 2:6).
- He loves us so much that billions of years before he even created us he decided that he would die violently and unjustly, for our rescue (Ephesians 1:4).
- He loves us so much that even though we killed him, and rebelled against him, he decided that he wanted to live with us, and in us, for eternity—trillions times trillions times trillions of never ending years. And he will never tire of us (Revelation 21:3-4).
Now, let’s turn this around. How much do you love God? Do you love him at all?
- Do you love him more than others, even family? (Matthew 10:37).
- Are you willing to exchange your life for the Gospel? (Luke 9:24).
- If you have been his enemy, will you, even in military fashion, surrender yourself to him?
- Do you want to become like Jesus, even in his suffering?
- Are you willing to surrender every year of your life to his plan for you, even if that means going where you don’t want to go, doing what you don’t want to do, and giving up anything and everything that you hold dear?
- Do you want to live with him, forever?
Even if you may answer some or all of these in the negative, or only a part-way yes, God still loves you as is described here. He still wants your full surrender. But keep in mind, his patience is limited and his wrath is great. The scripture says, “If we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26-27). Yes, God loves us, but he hates our sin. Yes, God hates sin, so Jesus came to do away with our sin. If we reject the high and horrible price he paid for sin, then why would he not judge?
Surrender to Christ, then you can begin a journey to love him and enjoy him forever.