Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Love is a recurrent theme in the bible, if not THE theme. God’s love radiates from every page from the creation of this universe in Genesis to the creation of the New universe in the Book of the Revelation. In fact, the bible tells us that God’s love is inescapable in Psa 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
Psa 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Psa 139:10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
A question, though, comes to mind. Why would any one NOT want God’s love? Oh the answer is short but the explanation is long. Sin has driven a dark wedge between us and God’s love. But indeed, when a person allows God’s love to pursue and capture a completely different picture arises. It is the picture of a God with unconditional love. A love passes our understanding. A love that sent a Son to the cross so that the sin wedge might be removed.
Even when God’s love is placed upon His elect, we still sin. We can go, as it were, to a far country, waste our substance in riotous living join with those of the world, but then come to our senses. We can repent, turn away from the sinfulness of commerce and rejoin our Father in Heaven. But wait! God knows that we will repent and return! He watches for us, then, Luk 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Oh, what a loving God the believer has. What a sovereign God, to know all of our troubles and foibles and yet love us still.
This love is illustrated so many times by Jesus in the bible. The Prodigal son we have just looked at. In the parable of the lost sheep, Luk 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
Luk 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And the woman who has lost a coin. Luk 15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
Luk 15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
God’s love is such that towards His children that Luk 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. AMEN!