God Loves Murderers
We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
In a few short words the Apostle John reveals to believers the truth that so eluded the Pharisees in Jesus’ day and is still a mystery to many people today. The cry or demand of most religions around the world is still the same, “You must love God” but the gospel declares, that God loves us and He loved us first!
What an awesome thought, that we are the object of his amazing love and we continue to be because He is love.
If God loved us first, then that means we did nothing to earn or deserve His love. To believe that God does not love you is to accuse God of not being truthful. Don’t allow your emotions or past failures and history to make you feel disqualified from knowing and experiencing Gods love today. God used a man who killed Christians to write 2/3 of the New Testament and that same man taught believers that “nothing can separate us from Gods love,” Romans 8:38
Paul wasn’t the only murder God used to help us understand how amazing Gods love for us is, Moses who killed an Egyptian was privileged to be shown Gods goodness and mercy in Exodus 23:18–19. David who had Bathsheba’s husband killed, reminds us that we should never forget all of Gods benefits, “He forgives all our sins and heals all of our diseases and redeems our life from destruction.” Psalm 103:2–4
Here we have three hugely influencial people of their day that God used to write much of the bible and they were all murderers. Who came to discover while in the depths of tremendous guilt and shame the love and forgiveness God had for them.
God doesn’t demand we love him first; truth is, we really can’t love God the way he deserves to be loved, until we know and believe the love He has for us. Our ability to love God doesn’t come from our own human effort or even praying and asking God to help us love Him. We should pray that He would help us understand how much He loves us. That’s what will cause our love for Him to increase. “We love Him, because He first loved us.” Knowing and believing His love for us is what impacts our heart so we can love Him.
Let’s turn 1 John 4:19 around and make it a little more personal, try reading it this way, because God first loved me, I now can love Him! If you believe God loves you just the way you are at this very moment, you are now perfectly capable of loving Him.
The greatest demonstration of Gods love for all of humanity took place at the cross, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16–18
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