February 14, 2018-THIS IS LOVE! (A brief commentary on John 3:16)

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  1. It’s valentine’s day. Even on a day like this, it is important that we remember that the true symbol of love is not teddy bears and roses. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is the single highest demonstration of the love of God ever. So much that Paul says: “He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”. Romans 8:32. In the death of Christ we see the highest demonstration of the love of God. If he gave us Christ, what will he withhold?

Our conviction of God’s love therefore, need not be subject to our see-saw emotions. We may not always feel loved but we can always know that we are loved. Why? We see the love of God in the death of Christ.  This is repeated time and again in the bible. Let’s read: “GOD shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us…” 1 John 3:16.

Now to the least obvious of them: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16

This is the same thought corroborated here. The expression: “God SO loved the world…”, is old English way of saying: “This is how God loved the world…”. ‘SO’ doesn’t describe the intensity of God’s love (even though God indeed loves us very much) but the demonstration of God’s love. Replace ‘SO’ with ‘By This’ and you’d get the point. “God by this loved the world: He gave his only BEGOTTEN son that whosoever believes in him should not perish…”. John 3:16.

The New Living Translation puts it better: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”. Why is this important? It shifts your mind from the mere emotional revelation of God’s love (As many have been found saying God sooooo loved the world) to the practical demonstration of God’s love.

All texts quoted actually have the same message; God loves me. He proved it on the cross . My emotions about his love may shake

The demonstration of his love remains unchanged. God loves me. I’d never doubt it. Praise God

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