Grace Works Through Faith – Part 9
God’s love for us is unconditional. It is not based on anything we do. God’s love toward us is consistent. It never fluctuate based on our performance. When we are better, God doesn’t love us more; when we are bad, God doesn’t love us less. God’s love, favour, and acceptance of us – is unconditional. It has nothing to do with who we are; it has everything to do with who He is. It is not because we are lovely; it is because HE IS LOVE.
1 John 4:9-10 “9 GOD SHOWED HOW MUCH HE LOVED us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 THIS IS REAL LOVE—NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US AND SENT HIS SON AS A SACRIFICE TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS.”
How do we know that God loves us? It’s not based on a feeling, or whether or not we have some kind of an emotion. Our knowledge should be based on His Word. Feelings are fickle. God gave them to us, and in their proper place, they are ok. But when we let our feelings dominate us, we are acting like children. Children are dominated by their feelings, as adults we know that we have to do the right things even when we don’t feel like doing them.
So, even when we don’t feel the love of God we need to simply stick with 1 John 4:9-10. Because feelings follow what we think on the most, as we spend time thinking on how much God loves us unconditionally time will come when we will start feeling loved by God. In fact we don’t need to feel anything, we simply need to know that God loves us (John 8:32). We don’t need to be prayed for, to receive the feeling that God loves us.
Romans 5:8 “BUT GOD SHOWED HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US BY SENDING CHRIST TO DIE FOR US WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS.” God did not wait until we sorted ourselves out before loving us.
If we are still trying to maintain our own righteousness, thinking God accepts and loves us because of our good works, we will never truly understand the love of God. GOD GAVE THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW TO EXPOSE HOW UNGODLY WE ALL WERE – TO BRING US TO THE END OF OURSELVES. The Law condemns, it is harsh. We are not to gain our acceptance before God, and His love, by keeping the Law.
Romans 5:20 says, “GOD’S LAW WAS GIVEN SO THAT ALL PEOPLE COULD SEE HOW SINFUL THEY WERE. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.”
Romans 3:19-20 says “Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, FOR ITS PURPOSE IS TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM HAVING EXCUSES, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. FOR NO ONE CAN EVER BE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD BY DOING WHAT THE LAW COMMANDS. THE LAW SIMPLY SHOWS US HOW SINFUL WE ARE.”
So, we shouldn’t think that we have to keep the Law for God to accept and love us, THE LAW WAS NOT GIVEN TO PERFECT US (Romans 5:20, 3:19-20). We receive the love of God by faith; believing that God accepts and loves us because of what Jesus Christ did for us.
GOD LOVES US! And “WE LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.” I John 4:19
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST!