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The Love of God
by Brian Price 4/6/2012
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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16
The love of God is the heart of Christianity. Without God's love, there is no cross of Calvary. There is no remission of sins. Without the love of God, there is no heaven. No eternal life. No joy. No peace. No hope.

The Bible is filled with the promises of God that he loves everybody. There is not a sinner on this earth that God does not love. Even the vilest atheist who blasphemes him until the day of his death, God loves him and gave his only begotten Son for him. It was love that sent Jesus to Jerusalem to be crucified. Jesus didn't have to do it. He did it willingly.

"Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name." - John 12:28-29
The love of God compelled Jesus to lay down his life for all men. It was not his will in the beginning that man should perish through sin when the first man disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, and so it is now. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Notice how Jesus was troubled about the cross in this passage in John chapter 12. He struggled with the desire to be delivered from its shame, its torment, and its sorrow. Yet for the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame. He said that for this cause came he unto this hour. It was for the love of God, this cause, that was for why he came unto that hour. It was this hour which belonged to the enemies of God, and it was this power of darkness for which Christ endured the pain of death, even the cruel death of the cross. He was obedient to his Father even unto death. He did it all for the love of God for man. For God so loved the world, that God the Son endured the torture of the Gentiles, the rejection of the Jews, and the hatred of the world. It was because he so loved you and me.

God's love is not like human love. Human love only loves its own. We love our children. We love those who are just like us. We love those who love us. But not God.

God loved those who despised him. He was merciful to the unthankful and to the evil. He pardoned the sins of the unworthy. God's love covers all sin.

"Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins." - Proverbs 10:12
Corey ten Boom, a survivor of Hitler's Holocaust against the Jews and Christians, said, "There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still." No matter what the depth of the sin, God is able to cover it. No matter how severe and horrible the crime, God is able to pardon it.

The love of God is able to comfort all that mourn, and to heal every broken heart. Where sin stains, the blood of Jesus, and the love of God can wash it away.

Have you ever experienced the love of God? It is the most wonderful love. It is better than the love of a child. Better than the love of a mother. Greater than the love of a spouse. When all the world forsakes me, I know that God will always be there. He promises, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) I trust in the love of God to sustain me, and to preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom. No matter what sin may do, no matter what trial may bring, no matter what death may come, no matter what creature may try to accomplish, nothing is ever able to separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus my Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" - Romans 8:35
If you don't have the love of God, the love of Jesus, in your life, let me exhort you to receive it. Let me exhort you to drink of that living water so that you thirst no more. Come buy wine without price. Come buy bread without money.
"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." - Isaiah 55:6-7
If you have never received Jesus into your heart, I urge you to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus today. He loves you.