Real Love – Jesus
by Jim Hughes
This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. – I John 4:10 (NLT)
Love has many different meanings. We lump differing levels of affection all under the umbrella of love and often confuse what we mean by what we say. Love in its purest form is rooted in God. He defines love because He is love. We know He is love because of the multitude of ways He chooses to get involved in our lives.
God is holy and there is absolutely no sin in His presence. Yet, God chose to reach outside of His holiness into our sinfulness so that we might be made holy. His love for us compelled Him to do something about our sin problem. He became a man and offered himself up as an acceptable sacrifice for our sins. Although He never sinned, Jesus died for our sins that we might be released from sin’s death grip and be given eternal life. God loves us so much that He was willing to take upon His sinless heart our sin and His full wrath against it so we might be saved. There is no greater love than the love of a holy God who took upon himself all of our sins to set us free.
Think about what it means to be loved by God. His love is so powerful and pure. His love is such that it always works on our behalf to bring about that which is good in our lives. It is so strong that it will never fail us. It is not fickle like much of our love is. It is steadfast and strong regardless of circumstances. It never changes. It never moves away from us. There is an unlimited supply so that none will ever be without love. No one is beyond the reach of God’s love. No one can do anything to stop God from loving.
Dear friend, God loves you. He always has and always will. He longs to have fellowship with you and will never turn you away. The more you enter into His presence, the more His love will rub off on you. Cherish this precious truth; God loves you and me, always has and always will.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage. I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.