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08 May 2013

Beloved

God's love for his children cannot be measured. Sometimes, I can have a small idea of God's love for me when I compare his love with the love I have for my son. But the truth is that motherly love is only a glimpse of God's disproportionate love for his children.

God's love is greater than human love

God is a loving father. His ability to love is greater than our ability as humans to love our children. Remember we are not good in nature. God is good! How much more can he love us?

Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

God loves Jesus

God's love for us goes beyond what we can think or imagine. To get a deeper revelation of his love for us, we need to know how much God loves his son Jesus. Let's read the next verse:

Genesis 22:2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you."

When God spoke those words to Abraham, God was revealing his love for his son Jesus. Jesus was God's beloved son. Jesus was his one and only son. He was the first fruit born among many.

Notice the words God spoke to Abraham in the previous verse are the same words recorded in John 3:16 and in Mathew 3:17

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him..

Mathew 3:17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

If we connect the previous verses together, we can see that Jesus is dearly loved by the father. Jesus also holds a very important position before the father's eyes. He is the first born! In Jewish traditions, the first born holds a position of importance, authority and privilege. The reason why they hold that position is because the 'first born' is a picture of Jesus! God established the first born figure to let us know how important Jesus is for him.

Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

All the previous verses, let us know how special Jesus is for the father and how much Jesus' sacrifice meant for him.

God's disproportionate love for us

Now that we have a clearer picture of God's love for his Son Jesus, we can grasp a deeper revelation of his great love for us. God did not spare his son---the son he loves! He did it all for us.

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

The maximum expression of God's love for us is demonstrated when he sent his beloved son to save us. He saved us while we were sinners! He sent his beloved son when we did not deserve it!

Romans 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God's love is not only disproportionate but we can be secure for ever because nothing can ever separate us from his love.

Romans 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You are God's beloved! His love saves us! NEVER condemns us. There is nothing we can do that will remove his love from us because he didn't save us when we were doing good things. He came to save us while we were sinners.

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