"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." John 3:16
Sometimes we over-complicate things in this life. Sometimes we simply dig too deep to answer questions when the answers are right there on the surface. Trying to get a handle on God's love for us can be a pretty difficult thing to do, but it's not something that we have to dig to deep for...it's right there on the surface, waiting for us to pick up and embrace. God didn't hide His great love for us. God made it readily available to all who would receive it. John tells us in 1 John 4:8 and in 1 John 4:16 that "God is love." He tells us that "love comes from God." John declares in 1 John 4:10, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:4-5, "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved." He goes on to say in Ephesians 3:16-19, "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fulness of God." God's great love for us is within our grasp. Yes, it is wide and long and high and deep, but Paul says it is within our grasp because of the Spirit of God who enables us!
Maybe you have been searching for love, true love, all your life and have never found it. Maybe you have looked at the reflection in the mirror and not liked what you have seen time and time again. Maybe you have been thinking that there is no love for you out there in this life. Maybe you have been thinking that you are unwanted and unlovable. STOP! THAT IS A LIE FROM SATAN! DON'T BELIEVE THAT LIE ANYMORE! God's great love for you is right here within your grasp. His great love is wide and long and high and deep, and His great love will change you from the inside out! You are never too far for God to reach you with His great love. Paul says in Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us." His great love is not just on the mountain top. His great love is in the valley, as well. His great love is not just on the dry land. His great love is at the bottom of the sea, as well. His great love is not just for the redeemed and the restored. His great love is for the sinner who needs redemption and restoration, as well. Don't over-complicate this truth. Don't try to dig deeper and deeper for something that is right here on the surface. God's love is right here...on the surface...readily available...TO you and FOR you! Take it today! Own it today! Let God's great love for you free you from every sin...every hurt...every failure in your life. In the following statement, fill in the blanks with your name: "For God so loved __________ that he gave his one and only Son, that if __________ believes in him, __________ will not perish but will have eternal life." Believe it today! Claim it today! Live it out loud today! Amen!