“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him…And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world…So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:9, 14-16
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32
God is love. He is love. Its very definition is found in who He is. Its every expression is seen in His actions toward us, in the salvation He has written with the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. If we truly grasp this reality, if we “come to know and to believe the love that God has for us,” it will impact every piece of our lives.
Because if God loves us, if He really does, and if it is as deep and pure and steadfast as He promises, and if He is as entirely in control as He says, then our fears are thoroughly cast out in the light of this truth. We realize that He will never fail us. He will never let us down. He will never leave. It can be easy to believe these things on the surface, to quote Scripture and sound like our faith is strong, but not allow it to fully penetrate the depths of our heart. We don’t let God fully eradicate our fear.
But He can. Because His love for us is real. He truly is for us. He is for you. He sent His Son into this world to save it. He “gave Him up for us all.” He gave Him up for you. With a display of love of this magnitude, how could we ever doubt that He loves us? How could we accuse Him of holding out on us? He is good. He is love. He is grace and truth and life. He wants us to know fullness of joy in His presence, and for us to know everlasting peace as we fix our eyes on Him.
Father, strengthen our hearts to know and to believe the great love You have for us. The love that was made manifest among us when Jesus came into the world. I pray that each day we will realize more fully its breadth and length and height and depth, and know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.