Read 1 John 4:7-21. God is love. Why is this important? We’re looking at five different reasons – we discovered three yesterday, and we’re looking at the final two today.
- Love is why Jesus died. As we said yesterday, you and I – in common with all human beings – often let God down. Nothing sinful or evil can exist in God’s presence. And so God needed a solution to our sin. God’s love moved and motivated him to offer that solution: the birth, life, death and resurrection of his one and only Son, Jesus Christ. If we trust in him, then God promises – in love – that we will never have to bear the penalty for the wrong we have done. We will be acquitted by Christ’s sacrifice!
- Love is why we receive eternal life. Because God is love, he will express that love forever. There will never be a moment in your life when God does not love you. For those who choose to accept God’s love, John paints a picture of God showing that love to us for all eternity:
Revelation 21:6–7 NLT
And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
• How can a person know and experience God’s love?