Amazing love, how can it be?
“…And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God…” Ephesians 3 17-19
We existed eternally in the heart and mind of God before creation. Human beings are made in the image of God, and because He loved all that He created He chose to send His Son Jesus to live amongst us as a human being.
God’s purpose in this was to restore the relationship broken when sin entered the world. In obedience to and love for the Father Jesus gave His life to redeem everyone. Those who have accepted this truth are set apart for God, who now sees His children as equal to Christ and has lovingly welcomed those children into His special relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit; this has always been the Father’s plan for those that love Him.
God’s unconditional love acceptance and forgiveness is for everyone no matter what our circumstances are. His desire is to have intimate fellowship with all humankind, He will do whatever is necessary to secure this loving relationship with His created people, and His love is eternal. The Agape love he gives is even for those who refuse to accept Him.
As Christians, God is happy with us because we have responded positively to the love He offers. We have in essence said yes to the God who says yes to us.1 Freedom from condemnation is the outcome.
We can become all that God knows we can be when we are secure in His love. God loves and accepts us and out of that we develop recognition of our sinfulness and a desire to change. An understanding of how much we are accepted can lead to freedom from bondage and release from any false beliefs that we may have been living under the influence of. A healthy balance of self-respect and love for others can come when we truly believe that we are secure in his love.
But wait… there’s even more! Christians haven’t just had their sin debt cleared, but have actually been rewarded with eternal life wow! What amazing love!
- McGregor D, lecturer Tabor College,2009
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