John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
No matter how deeply we as humans feel love, it is nothing compared to the immense love that our Heavenly Father has for every one of us. When someone we love hurts us we often respond by cutting that person out of our life or react in a way that hurts that person in return. Even when we forgive, we may have a hard time forgetting.
But God doesn’t just love us…He IS Love. He knew the pain He would endure from so many of His creations despising Him and turning their backs on Him and His Son Jesus. And yet, He chose the pain of giving His only begotten Child to suffer and die a horrible death so that He might draw us close to Him again. The only One who never sinned against the Father; the perfect Son who, by His own decision, gave His life and took our sin upon Himself; He gave His righteousness in exchange for our filthy rags so that we might be adopted into the family of God.
The pain we feel when we lose a child, a mother, a father, a sibling, or a friend is heartrending and almost unbearable. God knows how that feels. He could have chosen to send another flood. He could have chosen any number of ways to wipe out mankind, and either start over again or just say enough is enough.
But He didn’t.
He loved us before we were born. Even knowing the hurt we would cause Him, He chose a plan to draw us back to Him. He gave His most precious gift to save us.
Even in the evil of the world around us, when so many deny His very existence, He continues with His plan of salvation. His sacrifice- and the sacrifice of His Son Jesus- speaks of a love that is immeasurable by human understanding. How many of us would give our most precious possession, let alone our only child, to save someone else? And how many would do that knowing beforehand that the person(s) for whom we are making such a sacrifice would reject it outright, and/or show little to no appreciation for such an act of love? This is the love our heavenly Father has for us. No matter what we have done, no matter how far from Him we have gone, His arms are open wide, and His heart is filled with love for us. All we must do is accept that Jesus is His Son and that he lived, died, and rose again so that each of us might have eternal life. Then when we confess and repent of our sins, God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, helping us as we walk the path of righteousness. You see, even after everything the Father and the Son have done, it’s not over. The Holy Spirit is our Helper and our Guide so that we can live a life that honors and glorifies God. He never expected us to do this alone. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. And He will be with us even as we draw our last breath on earth and our first one in Heaven.
Now that’s Love.
Grace and blessings on your path,