Wednesday, March 11, 2009

God's love sustains us through difficult times

Have you really felt God's love?

For a long time as a Christian, the phrase "love of God" for me was just an idea and a theological concept. From the moment I heard my first Bible story, I was told that God loves me and I had no trouble believing that because I could feel it from my parents and other people around me. But I could not remember that I really experienced it as a warm physical affection from God Himself. It may be wishful thinking to really expect a hug from Him for God shows His love for us through His creations. But everything changed when I came to understand the cross.

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 3:16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

1 John 4:9-10 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Everytime I start to doubt and question His love, I just look at the cross. In the cross, all my doubts and questions are answered. The death of Jesus-Christ and His resurrection are God's final, total, and complete expression He loves us. Some may have trouble believing that because they could not experience it from the people around them. But if you have accepted Jesus to be your Saviour and Lord, and everyone else turns against you, be assured that God's love has not and will never change. Look at the cross where He has proven it. And that love will sustain us through difficult times.

Romans 8:35, 37, 38, 39
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?...No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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