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Love on Display
by Jenny on June 12th, 2019

"For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

A few days ago I watched my younger middle three children climb into their grandparents' van as they prepared to leave for an extended visit. It is my first time ever to not have my children at home with me. (I'm a homeschool mom, remember? My children are ALWAYS with me. Smile.) Wanting to avoid a dramatic departure, I forced a smile on my face, gave quick hugs and kisses and waved goodbye. But as my children pulled out of the driveway and all-to-soon drove away, I couldn't help but to think of how unlike God my display of emotions had been.

Rather than gushing over my children as they prepared to leave, I held back. Wanting to quickly dismiss any feelings of uncertainty or sadness, I acted as though their leaving was no big deal. I bottled up my emotions, my very-real sadness, the emptiness I already felt thinking of the days ahead without them. I didn't let them see the depth of my love for them which, in their absence, has caused a heaviness of heart that makes it difficult to take a deep breath. Sure, I did it for their own good . . . or so I told myself.

But God never hides His love from us. Difficult circumstances can cause us to question God's love. Tragedy can make us feel as though God does not love us or has ceased caring about us. But John tells us, "this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us." (1 John 3:16)

God loves us. He loves us so much He gave His Son to die for us. No matter what you have done in the past, no matter what you may do in the future, God LOVES Y.O.U.

In Romans 5:8 Paul reminds us that, "God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." God doesn't just love you once you live how He wants you to live. He loved you before you were born. While you were busy sinning, God loved you, and He loved me, so much that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sin.

Allow me to clarify. God does not love it when we sin. He loves us. He does not love our sin. Because of our human nature, you and I will continue to sin, which is why it was necessary for Christ to die as a sacrifice for our sin; to cleanse us of our sin so that we could have the opportunity of being reconciled to God through our faith in believing that Christ died for our sin.

Confused?

We will still sin. But when Christ died, He died for all sin for all time. Because of our sin, we are separated from God UNTIL or UNLESS we accept Christ's payment for our sin. Once we acknowledge Jesus' sacrifice for our own personal sin, we are forever forgiven, forever reconciled to God through our faith, NOT through our ability to live life perfectly.

1 John 3:9 explains it this way: "Those who have been born into God's family [through faith in Christ] do not make a practice of sinning," parenthesis and emphasis mine. You practice something to get better at it. John says believers in Christ will not continue to practice, or attempt to get better at their sin. We will still sin, but our sin will bother us in a similar way, albeit to a lesser degree, that our sin bothers God.

When it came to our separation from God, God was unafraid to show us just how deeply He loved us. He wanted us to know without a doubt how much He loved(s) us, how greatly He would miss us if we were to live apart from Him. God gave more than a kiss or a hug or a pat on the head or a wave of His hand. God loved us SO much, He gave His own Son on a cross; His great love on display for all the world to see.


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