The Love of God

Bible Reading: John 1:9-13, 3:16-21

One of the most popular Christian songs of 2018 has been “Reckless Love.”  We sing and worship our God who came to save us because of the amazing love He had for us.  It is an amazing song to focus us on how great God’s love is for His creation.  However, one critique of the song has been that God’s love is many things, but it is not reckless.  I do not say this to ruin the song!  I truly enjoy it and the way it makes me reflect on God’s love.  I also think we can all be encouraged this Christmas season that God’s love is faithful and certain.

We read in the opening chapters of John’s gospel that the true light, Jesus Christ, was coming into the world.  Why is the Light coming?  Because God so loved the world that He sent the Light, His only Son, to give eternal life to all who would believe in Him.  Some people will not believe, and their sin and unbelief will condemn them.  But to those who do believe by faith in Jesus, they have been given the right to become the children of God.  God’s love is deep and lasting; it does not falter or fail.  It is strong enough to save souls from the grips of sin and death.  God’s love is healing for broken hearts, warmth for the lonely, and assurance for the fearful.  This love is read throughout Scripture, but nowhere is it on better display then in life and words of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.

Application:  With Christmas drawing near, there is no better time to reflect on the amazing love of God.  Jesus Christ left His heavenly home to come down to the world that He made.  This world needed a Savior, and God’s love delivered His only Son to bring it.  This is Christmas.  I hope that we all take time to remember the God’s love being put on display.  It did not come in the form of a conquering king, but in the form of an infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  May God’s love ring loud and true in our hearts and in the world this Christmas season.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing love.  It is hard for us to comprehend the fullness of it, but we are eternally grateful.  Help us to reflect, know and feel more of your great love every day, and may we be faithful to share your love with the world.  We love you, Father.  Amen.