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God's Love, Your Love

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on May 14, 2022

Here’s a question for us all, “Is God’s love my love?” The Lord welcomes your answer, and may it be said of you, “Yes, HIS love is alive in me, because HIS life is alive in me.” You see, that’s the qualifier of God’s love in us; we need the life of God IN US in order to love as God loves, because without his life in us, there is no love of God indwelling in us. The reason: the Bible tells us that God is love (I John 4:8); that’s WHO HE IS. The next verse in context explains the unity of the life and love of God in us: “In this was manifested the love of God in us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might LIVE through him” (v. 9). His love prompted our salvation (being made alive in him, “quickened” - Ephesians 2:1) from death in sin to being made alive in Christ. That’s the gospel as seen in 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.” The Epistle of John explains that gospel love and redemption: “Herein is love not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10).

Propitiation? That’s a BIG BIBLE word that explains how God takes care of the BIG problem of man, his sin. It’s the satisfaction of God’s holiness, and that happens when the blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin (I John 1:9). That’s why “the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (I John 4:14). That’s the GOSPEL, and THAT deserves our response from the Lord: “Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Repentant belief is all about being “born-again of the Spirit” (John 3:3), and with the life of HIS SPIRIT indwelling comes the fruit of HIS SPIRIT which is love … (Galatians 5:22). The sure sign of HIS life in us is HIS love IN US and from us, but “he that loveth not knoweth not God: for God is love” (I John 4:8). Here’s some Bible helps for us to know the genuineness of our salvation: The dwelling of that love is revealed in the dwelling of HIS life: “Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit” (v. 13). “Born-again” believers are BORN of HIS SPIRIT, with HIS LOVE as part of their new nature, ready to be expressed: “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us” (v. 12). It’s all about God’s LIFE and God’s LOVE - INSEPARABLE. Now, for those without HIS Spirit, there will be no love in you to give others. So, may the Lord create new life* in you, for you to enjoy HIS Spirit’s fruit of love at ITS very best in you - AND FROM YOU. Then, God’s love is YOUR LOVE, so precious; here’s the next spiritual step: give it away TODAY!