Tuesday, January 27, 2015

God's Grace

The grace of God so beautifully displays the love of the Father. His love for His people is according to divine reasoning, sovereign purpose and most of all, mercy and grace! God’s love for His people exists ultimately for His own sake. When we look into His heart we see that - He loves because He is love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us! God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” John 4:8, 16

He loves you because love is His nature and character. He cannot NOT love you, God ties His love for the Jewish people to the oath He swore to them. He unconditionally binds Himself by His word to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It has been said that love is spelled C-O-M-M-I-T-M-E-N-T.

Sovereign God loves Israel because of His covenant commitment to her. With that, His commitment flows from His amazing love. In other words, God loves Israel because He loved Israel, because He committed to love Israel.

Therefore, if you are a son or daughter of the Lord God, He loves you, unshakably. According to 1 Corinthians 13, without love we are nothing. Without love, even the priceless gifts of the Spirit and His mantles for ministry add nothing to our worth. If we speak in tongues or prophesy without love, we make only noise.

Lacking love, our faith may move mountains but fail to bless. Love is the greatest gift and most excellent way. It never fails; it lasts forever. Love is the most valued substance of the universe. Jesus cautioned that in the last days evil would increase, humans would be embittered and hardened by increased iniquity. As a result, the love of most would grow cold.

Jesus’ true followers, however, will stand firm to the end! They will not just endure the times, but engage with His strength in the intimate communion of His love. At the center of God’s grace stands LOVE.