THIS IS LOVE! 10-18-2015

posted Nov 4, 2015, 1:45 PM by Dale Barnes

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins...He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 Jn.4:10, 2:2 NIV)

God is the initiator of a love relationship: not us!  Is.53:6 tells us that we have all gone our own way, and God laid on Jesus all of our iniquity. He has reached out to us and made a way for us to come back into a true and right relationship with him.  The Bible tells us that no one seeks God, not even one. He seeks us like a shepherd seeks lost sheep.  

The true Christian way is not a new set of rules and regulations to keep, but a Father-Child love relationship with the one true God.  He has proved his love to us in giving his only begotten son to pay the penalty for our sins. This is available for all people.(1Jn.2:2)

How enduring is this love relationship?  The Apostle declares to us that “I am convinced that neither death nor life...nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ro.8:38-39 NIV)  God has started it and it is lasting!

I want to encourage all to honestly and humbly embrace Christ as your savior and Lord.  Come to him and he will not turn you away.  You and I, with a thankful heart, can approach God. Psalm 100 puts it this way; “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  We are free from the guilt of our sins and free to build a lasting relationship with our God of love.