The Love Of God

The Love Of God

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
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Millions of people — even religious people — are afraid of God and are struggling to earn His favor. They suppose that salvation is the reward of showing enough love to Him. If only they would believe what God Himself says, that if we are ever saved it will be entirely because He loved us and graciously provided for our salvation.

The Apostle Paul, in the Bible, called God “the God of love” (II Cor. 13:11) and John declared that “God IS love” (1 John 4:8). Thus John goes on to say:

“HEREIN IS LOVE, NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US and sent His Son to be the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins” (1 John 4: 10).

This is why salvation is so often called a “gift” in the Bible. It is the expression of God’s love to sinners. And so St. Paul tells us:

“[We] were by nature the children of wrath, even as others, BUT GOD, WHO IS RICH IN MERCY, FOR HIS GREAT LOVE WHEREWITH HE LOVED US, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)” (Eph. 2:3-5).

“…after that THE KINDNESS AND LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOR TOWARD MAN appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY He saved us…” (Tit. 3:4,5).

Does all this mean that God overlooks sin or condones it? By no means! In His love He paid for our sins on Calvary’s cross “that He might be Just, and the Justifier of him that believeth in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). This is why we read in Rom. 5:8:

“…GOD COMMENDETH HIS LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS CHRIST DIED FOR US.”


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9 thoughts on “The Love Of God

  1. Afraid of God? I simply do not understand that concept…afraid of our father? I have heard many folks say this…its baffling to me…I for one, am fully aware of what is expected and will happen when I die, I will be held accounted for all my sins, since He already knows the truth, I am expected to proclaim the truth no matter how painful. Fear not…like I said, He already knows my heart/Me.

    Great post, Sparky….waving to Steve.

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    1. I was very afraid of God until recently, but I think it was the abuse I suffered at the hands of a cruel father. That was my mistake. I finally got ‘past that’, as the libtards like to say. Jesus loves us. And it’s His innocent blood that covers all our sins so we are not held accountable.
      Still praying for Dave that he will be healed soon.
      Luv to you and ‘the boys’. giggle ~:)

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