God’s Love For Us (Video 2).
God’s unconditional, eternal, faithful love for us almost defies belief. “For God so loved the world… that he gave his only begotten Son.”
But what we need to understand is that our acceptance of his love is what triggers our ability to perceive and receive all of God’s promises and blessings. If we don’t live in his love, but in some other religion, laws or rules, it’s like putting up a barrier to everything else God so freely gives us.
He even gives us the Holy Spirit to show us any free gift we may miss
(I Cor 2:12). But they become like “all the light we do not see” unless we believe, know and experience the love of God in our hearts and minds.
God’s gospel is like his personal bridge to us!
And his Holy Spirit delivers all that he has to us!
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A SPECIAL NOTE: This is actually video 2, although it says video 1 (my mistake!)
Last time I said I’d show you what the Apostle Paul says about how the love of God works. This works the exact same way with everything God gives us, which Jesus says is his Father’s whole, entire, glorious Kingdom (Luke 12:32).
In I Thessalonians 3:12, Paul says, “The LORD make you (1) increase and (2) abound in love, one to another.” Recall I said that Jesus says to “Love others AS I have loved you” (John 13:34, 15:9-12). So we just love others with the same love Jesus has given us, and that we have received from him. It’s not our human love – but God’s love that we share with others. It’s the same principle as Paul shares in First Thessalonians, but Paul uses very descriptive words.
First, he says to INCREASE. We are just to ‘keep ourselves in the love of God’ and ‘let the Holy Spirit fill our heart with God’s love,’ as I said. What this means is that we become fat and obese is God’s love. We fill up with it like a balloon ready to pop because it is so full. We just can’t hold anymore of God’s love or we explode.
The Second, he says to ABOUND in love to others. This means we spill over. We leak over on them and flood them with the same love that we have been given. We’re just sloppy with God’s love. We’ve got so much of it in us that we can’t help but just give it away. As Paul says, “It is the LORD who causes us to increase and abound in love.” This is Abba Father’s agenda: (1) fill up until you pop, and (2) spill over on everyone else.
Now let’s look at Ephesians 3:17-19. Paul says Christ must live in our hearts by faith, and if we let him, we become (1) rooted and (2) grounded in God’s love. Then he says this is how we know the breadth and length and depth and height of God’s revelation to us in the gospel. And we know the love of Christ that passes far above anything we can even understand. Then he says this is how we are filled with the fullness of God.
This is so full of meaning. But in a simple sentence what this is saying is that when we allow the gospel truth of Jesus to come into us by believing and living it, then it just takes over and grounds us so deep in his Father’s love that we can’t get around it, over it, or under it. It just consumes us. You see, Paul says the gospel is the power God (Romans 1:16). It sure does its job when we receive it and allow it deep into our hearts. “Out of the heart comes the issues of life” (Prov 4:23).
What we need to fully understand is that it is the love of God in us that motivates us and consumes us with all of his purposes, intents, goals and missions. Paul says the love of God ‘constrains us’ (II Corinthians 5:14). This means keeps us from doing wrong, but also that it propels us into doing what is right. This is why Paul says it is the gospel that produces good things from us (Colossians 1:5-6). It’s not us that does good things. Paul calls our efforts in the flesh as being ‘dead works’ (Hebrews 6:1).
We talked about Mary’s words: “Be it done UNTO ME according to your word” (Luke 1:38). The gospel is what does the things of God unto us, so we easily share the things of God with others. Jesus says, “My way is easy, my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). If we live in gospel reality, we know this is true. Truly knowing and living in God’s love opens up everything else he has for us in the truth and reality of his gospel.