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. ~John 3:16
I want to challenge you to begin each day thinking about how deeply you have been loved by God. I do not think we contemplate this enough. It is one of those things we know, but the Enemy works to blind us to this truth. God loved us sacrificially, sending His unique and sinless Son to die for our sin. He loved us proactively. Remember that God stepped into your life first – before you ever expressed faith.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8
God loves with a graceful love, providing what He alone could provide that could meet your deepest need. God’s love is welcoming. Realize that because of this great love He wants you to come and live with him forever.
I’m afraid that the love of God is a stale notion these days. Maybe we discount that truth in favor of more interesting doctrines or teachings. Maybe the world is so filled with hate and destruction that God’s love doesn’t seem real to us. Maybe our own hearts are so conflicted with sin and disappointment that we think that His love doesn’t make much of a difference.
So that’s why we need to contemplate God’s love. I think if we do we will be less like Simon the Pharisee and more like the humble woman who served Jesus in Luke 7:36-56 (take a moment to read that please!). I’m really amazed at the brazen love this broken woman shows Christ. Humiliated by her sin and what she knows Simon and the others are thinking, she doesn’t let anything stop her from anointing Christ. I can only guess that she contemplates her own sinfulness in the presence of His holiness as she washes his feet with her tears and dries them with her hair.
The truth is that it is only when we realize how much God loves us that we can begin to offer the kind of love of which we are capable. Jesus addressed this thought to Simon this way:
“Whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
Only when we are thankful for this love can we be set free to love others. And when we do love others because we are empowered by God’s love, we can follow in the footsteps of this woman in Luke 7.
- She gave an amazing sacrifice. An alabaster jar of perfume, very valuable.
- She expressed amazing humility, weeping at the feet of Jesus… even while others looked down on her.
- She expressed amazing worship, wiping his feet with her hair, kissing them, pouring perfume on them.
Who was uncomfortable here? Would you have been squirming? Jesus was not uncomfortable – he knew her heart – and how it compared to the rest of the company at that dinner. Simon was uncomfortable.
“If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
Simon the righteous did not think he had to be forgiven of much, so he could not love much. Is that what you think about yourself? That there is not much to forgive? If so, then you have not spent quality time with our Lord and His Word.
And that’s why I think we need to contemplate how deeply God loves us. Consider God’s Love and Let that Move You…
- To accept the forgiveness only He can offer.
- To soak in His extravangant grace, without regard to what others may think.
- To be reminded that God loves the undeserving and unlovely, so no one is out of His reach.
- To demonstrate your acceptance of God’s love by loving others like He does.
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