Posts Tagged ‘God’s Love


He Cares For You

We worry about a great many things in our lives, don’t we? We worry about our families and our kids. We worry about our bills and our budgets. We worry about our stuff. We worry about our health. We worry about so many things. Many of our worries and fears are future based. Peter said that we can take all of our worries, fears and anxieties to the Lord for a very good reason. He wrote:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

We can cast ALL of our worries on the Lord because He cares for us. We sometimes think that God doesn’t like us very much. We know that He loves us, but we aren’t sure if He likes us. Well, He does. He likes you and He cares for you. He can handle all of tomorrow’s cares as well as providing your daily bread. So don’t worry about tomorrow because God’s got it under control. Focus on loving God and loving people today.

Fear Of What People Think About Me

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 1:18-25 is from the series, “Fear Not,” based on the series of the same name from Life.Church in Oklahoma.


What We Know

Toward the end of 1 John 5, the Apostle John talks about some of the things that Christians know. In verse 20, this is what he says we know:

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Jesus came into the world so that we could know God, the One who is true. Not only do we know Him, but we are in Him through faith in Christ. Jesus is not only the Son of God, but He IS God and the source of eternal life. We can trust our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ for they are true and always have our best in mind and at heart. God wants what is best for us and though it may not seem like it at the time, God knows better than we know. Our desire should be to know the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit and to trust them to do what is loving and best in our lives.

Loving God’s Children

When we express our faith in Jesus by believing in Him, repenting from sin, confessing our faith and being baptized, we are born again and made children of God. If we say that we love God, then we must love His other children, too. John wrote:

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. – 1 John 5:1-2 (NIV)

The way that we show that we love God is by obeying His commands. Jesus gave His disciples one last command on the night before He was crucified: love one another. When we love one another, we demonstrate our love for God. When we love one another, we show that we belong to Jesus. When we love one another, we show the world that He is real. Only Jesus could bring so many different and diverse people together in love. Let’s love God today by loving one another.

How Do We Love God?

Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. So how do we do that? What is the evidence of our love for God? The Apostle John gives us a clue when he writes:

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. – 1 John 4:20-21 (NIV)

We are to love God by loving people. God pours out His love into our hearts through Jesus. We then take that love we have received and we love others in return. We love our spouses, our neighbors, our fellow Christ-followers and yes, even our enemies. The proof that we love God is how we love other people.

He Loved Us First

Why should we love one another in the church? Why should we love our enemies? Why should we love our neighbors as ourselves? Why should we love anyone at all? The answer is simple and it is found in 1 John 4:19. The Apostle John wrote:

We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19 (NIV)

God is love and He reached out to us in love when He sent Jesus to earth to pay the penalty for our sinfulness. God loved us first. He didn’t wait for us to love Him. He didn’t wait for us to reach out to Him. He didn’t wait for us to come to our senses. He has been loving us from before the time we were born. He has been loving the world from before the time He created it. He loves every single person on this planet unconditionally. Since God loves the world, so should we. That means the worst of sinners and the best of saints. It means the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich. It means Democrats and Republicans. It means Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and Atheists. We love men and women, gay and straight and everyone in between. We love all people – red and yellow, black and white and brown ones, too. If you’re not loving people, then you’re doing it wrong. We love everyone because God loves everyone. He loved us first.

No Fear In Love

John said in verse 17 that we can approach God the Father with confidence just like Jesus could when He was on the earth. How is this even possible? God is God and we are not. God is holy and righteous and just. He is perfect and we are most definitely not perfect. So how can we, imperfect sinners, approach a holy God with such confidence? The answer is: love. John wrote:

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18 (NIV)

We do not have to fear God because He is not out to punish us. He is out to love us. He punished Jesus on the cross when He poured out all of His wrath on His Son. He has no more wrath for you! All He has for you is forgiveness. You do not have to be terrified of God. He’s not out to get you! He’s only out to get you into Heaven! If you’re terrified of God, you need to experience His love for His love makes all of the difference.

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