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April 5, 2017, 10:57 AM

Who Loved Me!

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May His matchless love overwhelm you today! May His love fill and flow out of you always. Unfortunately, some of us never get beyond the vague notion of a benevolent power working in and through the world. God’s Word expresses a more satisfying viewpoint as it sets forth the love of God in Jesus Christ. Galatians 2:20c declares, “…the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Scripture reminds us that love is individual. “Who loved me” – we could never be content with a love that had no focus. A good will that is so infinitely diffused that it touches everywhere in general and fails to touch anywhere in particular is no more than sentiment. Love is a real, measurable, comprehensible thing. A ray of light can be analyzed. It is composed of several distinct and recognizable colors – red, violet, orange, etc. Likewise, love can be resolved into its constituents and shown to include such elements as sympathy, yearning, and goodwill. If these do not show themselves, we may conclude we’re dealing with something other than real love.

A love that is not specific and personal can never meet man’s deeper spiritual cravings. A love that cannot in its last analysis be reduced to an individual regard for me – and a pity for me, and a goodwill toward me, and a willingness to suffer and sacrifice for me – is not the love that my soul longs for and requires. This truth is illustrated in our relations with each other. A young man is said to “fall in love” with a girl. That means he cherishes for her a special affection and partiality. A general goodwill and kindliness would never serve as strong enough motive for being joined in wedlock. Love must be individual and exclusive, or it will never warrant the sympathies and toils and sacrifices which the marriage relationship requires.

So it is with the love of God in Jesus Christ. It is infinitely general, and yet at the same time intensely specific. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). “Who loved me and gave himself for me.” As previously noted, love may be analyzed and shown to include various elements. The cross is the prism that accomplishes this wondrous analysis. Through the cross we see divine compassion, forgiveness and self-sacrifice in action. Let it sink in: You are truly loved by the Father! And “love so amazing, so divine” deserves our truest, most tender devotion in return (2 Corinthians 5:15). May it be so!

Let us pray together: O God, you are the Giver of all good gifts. I desire to praise your name for all the expressions of your love for me, for giving your Son to die for my sins, for the means of grace and for the hope of glory. May I receive and reflect your love today. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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