Saturday, January 1, 2022

Daily Devotion: What God Loves: Us

Bible Reading: 1 John 4:8-21

Key Verse: Verse 9 - In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,  that we might live through him.”

Key Words: the love of God toward us 

God’s love for us can be seen in several verses; for example, John 3:16 and Romans 5:8.  In regard to God’s love someone (author unknown) has written:

How deep is it? 

Isaiah 38:17, “Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption.” 

Psalm 40:2, “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit.”

How high is it?

Ephesians 2:6, “And [God] hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

What is its length and breadth?

Ephesians 1:4, “He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.”

Ephesians 2:7, “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

Dr. Harry Ironside wrote in regard to God’s love for us:  “I remember, when I was a boy, going to a missionary meeting. A missionary was there from Africa, and was showing us a whole lot of curious things, and then he said, ‘Now, boys, I want to tell you the kind of Gospel we preach to the people of Africa. How many good boys have we here?’ A lot of us thought we were good, but our mothers were there, and so not one of us dared hold up his hand. ‘Well,’ said he, ‘not one good boy here; then I have the same message for you that we have for the heathen in Africa; God loves naughty boys.’ ‘My,’ I thought, ‘he is getting all mixed up,’ for you see I had heard people say, ‘If you are good, God will love you.’ But, dear friends, that is not true. God is not waiting for you to be good so He can love you; God loves sinners. ‘God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’”

God loves us; more personally, God loves you!!

What to do:
✞ Remember, when it appears no one loves you, God does.

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