DSC_7400.JPG“God’s Love Was Revealed Among Us”

Over the course of a lifetime we will each experience love on many different levels: romantic love, brotherly and sisterly love and charitable, benevolent love from family, friends and strangers. While each form and instance of love is significant, from my perspective there is no greater love than the love of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Why is the love of God so significant? First of all, the love of God is freely given. Second, while God wants you and me to strive for righteousness so that we might be blameless in the sight of God, God alone understands our weaknesses and has promised to redeem us in spite of ourselves. In Jesus Christ, God humbled himself and took on the form of a natural man who was very human, yet very God.

Some people think they know how to live. We dance in and out of personal relationships.   We flirt and faint with faith. We jog from job to job. We spend more money than we make, and then wonder why life is so unsatisfying and unfulfilled. Some think they are having great fun. Yet, I believe that until we have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ we are only scratching the surface of the immeasurable joy that only God can provide.

1 John 4: God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him[1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does this scripture say to you?
  2. How is the love of God revealed among us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

 

Prayer:

God, I thank you this day for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. You did not have to send him to earth, but because of the gift of his life, you have provided us not only with wholesome, productive, meaningful and fulfilling life in this world, but freedom from punishment for our sins and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end. Lord, teach us to enjoy every day of life because of the love you have given us through you Son, Jesus Christ.   Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Nicholas Hood III – Judge Denise Page Hood with female student in red from Harper, Liberia (Photo:  Fishtown, Liberia, 2013)

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (1 Jn 4:8–9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.