Friday, October 15, 2010

You Are Loved

I heard a story years ago about the great Theologian Karl Barth. Barth has been referred to as " the most outstanding and consistent evangelical theologian that the the world has seen in modern times." He wrote volume after massive volume on the meaning of life and faith. On one occasion a reporter once asked Dr. Barth if he could summarize what he had said in all those volumes. Dr. Barth thought for a moment and then said: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so." How simple, and yet how profound.
The love of God is something that is found within God's very nature. We are told in 1 John 4:8 "God is love." Love is, who He is. God's love is unconditional. His love goes beyond human comprehension. "God loves the World," says John 3:16. Yet for all of the times in the scriptures where we read of God's love, there is the demonstration of His love that is the most astounding. For the Bible tells us, "that God demonstrates His love in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."Romans 5:8
While we were opposed to God. When we were as far away from God as we could possibly be, He loved us then. When we were dead in our trespasses and sins, and preparing ourselves for wrath, He loved us. It was because of His love that He came to save us. The Apostle Paul prayed that the Ephesian church would comprehend the "height, depth, length, width, of God's love for them. And that they would know the love of God that is past finding out." Ephesians 3:18-19 How does one know a love that is beyond knowing? I don't know! :0) Needless to say God loves you and me. He loves us enough not to leave us the way that we are. One final thought this morning concerning the love of God. The Apostle John said, "Beloved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:11. If we have had the love of God poured out upon us, we in return are to love God and love others.

have a blessed day!- PJ