Love changes people. Love changes situations. Love changes cultures. Do you believe that? I know the word ‘love’ has confusing connotations in our culture. Movies depict an image of love as this magical force that overtakes people to the point that they cannot control it – it is called “falling in love.” That seems nice and for those who are hopeless romantics, it is appealing and sells movies. But what does love really look like and what does it do to us?
Love changes us. It makes us buy stuffed animals, flowers and chocolates. Love allows me to sit up with my children when they are not feeling well and help them when they have bad dreams, even though I am tired and I know they won’t be in the morning. Love changes people. Love gives us new perspectives, specifically one outside of us.
Love does not originate in us, despite what we think. Love originates with God. God is love. He gives love away willingly, namely through Jesus Christ. With that being said, there are two specific ways this is highlighted in 1 John 3.
We are adopted into God’s Family
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him”. – 1 John 3:1
There is sense of astonishment to this love! How could it be that God would love us so much that He would incorporate us into His family. If you are adopted into a family, you take on an identity in that family and assume the same rights as others in the family.
God does this even better than we ever could. He lavishes us with His love. That would mean it is abundant, never-ending, unlimited. That being said, we must consider what exactly this does in order to realize how astonishing it really is. This adoption provides a future for us when we will see Jesus face to face. Before we were adopted into God’s family, we were considered objects of wrath, enemies of God because of our sin. There would have been no way we would ever have been sitting as his table eating dinner together. But oh what a difference it makes when we are forgiven and loved in Christ. Our position changes.
This love changes our future. This love also changes our present situation because Jesus took our sin to the grave and arose victorious over it.
The Devil’s Work is Destroyed
The main goal of the devil is to take away from God’s glory. He sets out to get people to rebel against God and really to destroy people. That was the problem with sin. Sin needs to be taken seriously. It is wickedness and a product of ignorance and blindness toward God. Why? Because in Him is no sin. When we sin we chose that which is not of God. Sin is satanic by nature, even the smallest sin runs in direct opposition to the work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ appeared to take away our sin so that we could be in a relationship with God through Him. God did this because He loves us.
The point is very simple. If you have encountered the love of God, you will not be the same after. If you stand before the cross, seeing Jesus dying there for the things that you have done, how do you live in response to that? What love! Not many people will die for someone else, especially someone who is completely against them.But God loved the world, you, me, everyone you will meet today— so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, perfect and sinless, to come show His perfect way to us and take all of the sin of the world on his shoulders – offering to all who would believe eternal life—salvation—a place with him in heaven forever!
Do you know Him? We are in the season of Easter, a time when we especially remember what Jesus did for us. Let’s not go through the motions without being completely astonished by the love of God. It is far beyond us, and thankfully it changes us forever.
The Bible says in Romans 10: 9 that if we confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised us from the dead we will be saved.
Love changes lives. I am so glad God loved me so much to bring me back into fellowship with Him. Jesus Christ offers the same love to you as well!