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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son.

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7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

 

Children are wonderful and amazing creations. They’re sincere in the things they say, regardless of who they’re talking with. You can ask them what they think, and they will certainly tell you, sometimes with biting truth. But one thing is for certain: when they say they love you, it is the truth. Few earthly things do my heart better than to hear my granddaughter say ‘I love you, papaw.’ The notes of truth behind it have a timbre whose beauty rivals the most wonderful song. This is similar to the true love we can experience from God.

We’re reminded of God’s love in John 3:16, which seems to be memorized by nearly every Christian, and rightly so. When we quote this verse, we might miss the first phrase. But, let’s stop and reflect on how it’s so densely packed with love. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son.” Sit back in your chair and think about this for just a moment, consider the depth of love in these few short words.

In Romans 8:39, we see the strength of God’s love for us and the psalmist says God’s love is steadfast. It’s not going anywhere. Nothing can get in its way. Nothing can dissuade God from having love for us. In addition, the love of the Father is most potently reflected in the Son by Jesus willingly laying down on the cross to be nailed there to die. With these images of love, read the words to ‘And Can It Be That I Should Gain?’. Remember once again the sacrifice caused by God’s steadfast love made on our behalf when it wasn’t at all deserved.

 

16 “For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life.
-John 3:16

38 For I am sure that neither death nor life,
nor angels nor rulers, nor things present
nor things to come,
nor powers,
39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-Romans 8:39

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By Rich Obrecht

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