Loved By God
“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 (NIV)
Famous philosophers of the world view life as futile, meaningless, and filled with empty pain. When asked to address the ultimate purpose of life, they have little or nothing to say beyond “do what feels good,” and “there are no absolutes” so do whatever you want without guilt.
Is that really all there is to life?
Being aware of God’s love is foundational for everything we do in life. It is a truth that will change your perspective about yourself, about others, and about life itself.
Life starts not with our love but with us being loved — with us discovering how much God loves us.
In John 3:16 we read, “God so loved the world” (you and I) (NIV). That includes bad people. His love for us is passionate and even illogical. He loves us whether we recognize and reciprocate His love or not.
Love finds its maximum expression in Jesus. Jesus died for us at the chance — at the mere possibility — that we would accept Him. God gave Jesus to us with no strings attached and with no guarantees. This is how risky and ridiculous God’s love for humanity is.
Life begins with us realizing the value we have before God. He is obsessed with us. He knows every detail and every nook and cranny of our lives.
The story of Hosea and Gomer in the Old Testament (Hosea 1) is one of the most beautiful and scandalous pictures of what God has done for humanity. It illustrates His shocking, relentless love for you and for me. We already belong to God, yet He paid to buy back what was already His — and the price He paid was the life of His son, Jesus.
We find our value not in things, status, and influence, but in the fact that the most powerful being in the universe is completely obsessed with us. He desires for all people to come to know Him.
We have the privilege to tell people everywhere about the unconditional, relentless love of God for them.
Our journey begins not with us trying to figure out things using our own intellect, but with Jesus and with God’s love. It begins with the one who cares about us at our best and at our worst.
(Adapted from Life is ____: To Be Loved By God by Judah Smith)
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your amazing and everlasting love. I receive your love into my heart afresh today. I ask that your love will radiate through me to the world around me. I pray that I will walk in love so real that people will come to salvation in Christ due to my words and actions.
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.