posted Jun 2, 2014, 6:54 AM by Dale Barnes

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Ro.5:8 NLT)

One of the important foundations of our faith is the extent of God’s love for us.  It is how far He would go to help us in our sinfulness.  If we were to face the righteous judgment of God without his help, we all would be eternally lost; separated from God and all that is good, and it would be forever.

John 3:16 expresses that simply.God so loved the world! God went to great lengths to supply a way for us “not to perish;” not to be separated in eternal regret from all that is good and wonderful. It is God who took the initiative. We are so dead in our sins that we did not even see our need fully.  To save us, God sent his Son, Jesus, to die for us; to pay the penalty that was rightfully ours, so that we, humans, could go free.

What does he ask from us?  When we learn (hear) the message of God’s love, of Jesus’ sacrifice for us;  we trust him, admit our need(our sin), and  honestly thank him for his love gift.  God forgives all our sins and declares us righteous in his sight.(Ro.5:1)  He also gives us a new life within.  We are “born again”, and we begin a new and real relationship with God.  It is a love relationship; “We love him because He first loved us.”  (1 Jn.4:19)

“How great is the love the Father (God) has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!”
(1 Jn.3:1 NIV)  Not by any works we have done, but receiving freely Gods love gift.  It is free to all!