The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
God is Love

My dad used to tell the story of a young man in love who wrote a poem to his beloved teen girlfriend. The poem went as follows…
I’d climb the highest mountain,
I’d swim the deepest ocean,
I’d cross the widest desert,
Just to be near you.
PS. I’ll see you Saturday night if it doesn’t rain.

When we look at the modern concept of love, we commonly find a distinct lack of commitment. Love is often based, in part, on convenience. However, the kind of love God demonstrates to us and places in our hearts is based on commitment. In 1 John 4:7 we find that God is love. We find a God who chose to love us first, even when we did not know how to love him. We find a God who sacrificed his only Son so that we could have life eternal. We find a God who took a chance on us. He had no guarantee that we would love him back or that we would learn from his example. But he loved us and that is all that mattered.

We should love him back if we want to belong to him. And, if we belong to him and are born of him, we will love others in his name. The entire reason for sending his only Son into the world was so that the loving relationship he had with mankind before the fall in the garden of Eden could be restored. God’s love is a giving one. John 3:16 says, that God loved the world so much that he gave. Yes, he gave his only son sacrificially for us so that whoever believed in him would not have to be destroyed by sin, but could have life eternal through faith in Him.

That is a powerful love!  He knew before sending his son, that many would not believe in him. However, he would have done it for even one of us to be saved. That is real love.

This Sunday I will share the message we planned for last week from Ephesians 5:21-33 and see what True Love is. Join us for this look at God’s love for his church as he shows us how to love our spouses.

Keep loving,

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