The Love of God

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Thursday 10 March 2011

How would you define love? What, or who do you really love? Can you love a dog, a meal, an ice cream, a game, a dress...?

Thursday 10 March 2011

How would you define love? What, or who do you really love? Can you love a dog, a meal, an ice cream, a game, a dress...?

Thursday 10 March 2011

God is love. Evans defines the love of God as his joyful self determination to reflect the goodness of his will and glory by meeting the needs of mankind Love has to be rooted in God because God is love, without God love drifts into emotional sentimentalism or unfeeling duty
Thursday 10 March 2011

1. The joyful overflow of God’s will and glory

Eph 1:4-6 We see God’s obsession with his glory revealed in his love.

Thursday 10 March 2011

1. The joyful overflow of God’s 1.a. Gods love and his glory will and glory

Eph 1:4-6 We see God’s obsession with his glory revealed in his love.

Thursday 10 March 2011

1. The joyful overflow of God’s 1.a. Gods love and his glory will and glory
...even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy Eph blameless before him. In love and 1:4-6 he see God’s obsession Wepredestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, with his glory revealed in according his love. to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Thursday 10 March 2011

Verse 6 tells us that the working out of God’s will in love results in his glory additionally shown in verses 12 & 14. So to understand God’s love we must understand his purpose - and that is his passion to be glorified. Follow Evans’ thinking here:
Thursday 10 March 2011

Verse 6 tells us that the

1. God has eternally been working out of God’s will in love - it didn’t start at creation. love results in his glory 2. Therefore the in verses additionally shownonly thing for God to love before creation was - himself! God is absorbed 12 & 14. with his own glory. So to understand God’s love 3. This would be a bad thing in sinful humans, we mustGod it is ok his he has perfect glory. but in understand as purpose -pursues his own glory because he could 4. God and that is his passion to be glorified. aspire to nothing better or greater than himself.
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1.b. Gods love and you
What we say about God’s love for himself does not mean he is selfish in love - but the reason God can love you so much is that he loves himself so much. Because of God’s love for himself we get to enjoy all of his character attributes - in addition to his grace, power, purpose joy etc.
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When you get the love of God you get love in a way you have never, nor could ever - have been loved before Rom 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. God created the universe because the most loving thing he could do was to make something which reflected his glory - God loves us so much that he created us to bask in his glory.
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2. God’s joyful love
When we talk of the love of God we are speaking of the joyful overflow or expression of his will and glory. So, for example, heaven enjoys the repentance of sinners bringing people back to the will of God. God loves it and expresses love in it.
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3. God’s love manifest

God’s love finds its fullest manifestation in the loving provision of salvation through Jesus Christ - you want to know love look at Jesus. Romans 5:1-5, 8

Thursday 10 March 2011

3. God’s love manifest
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we God’s love findsaccess by faith into this grace in which we have also obtained its fullest manifestation in the loving the glory of God. More than stand, and we rejoice in hope of provision of salvation that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces Jesus Christ you throughendurance, and-endurance produces character, and character know love look at want to produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through Jesus. the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5, 8 God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
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3.a. Visibly Expressed
True love is expressed - not just said. Consider creation - consider salvation. Invisible love is no love at all - people should not have to read your mind to know that they are loved, love produces constant action. Supremely in John 3:16
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3.b. Always Sacrificial
True love pays a price - look at Jn 3:16 What is the price tag of your love for the people you say you love? Do you sacrifice for the ones you say you love? Christ’s sacrifice is crucial to understanding God’s love for us: The Holy Christ lived a sinless life in a sin filled world for 33 years before the cross
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When falsely accused Jesus was beaten mercilessly with a whip embedded with glass and stone it tore his flesh out of his back he then carried the cross on his back. He was nailed to the cross through his wrists - palms would not bear the weight. His feet were placed over each other and spiked through - then he was dropped with a thud into the ground. He refused the gall and wine - no pain relief.
Thursday 10 March 2011

When falsely accused Jesus was beaten mercilessly with a whip embedded with glass and stone it tore his flesh out of his back he then carried the cross on his back. He was nailed to the cross through his wrists - palms would not bear the weight. His feet were placed over each other and spiked through - then he was dropped with a thud into the ground. He refused the gall and wine - no pain relief.
Thursday 10 March 2011

3.c. Always Beneficial
True love is not looking for self interest but for that of others - 1 Cor 13:5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. What is the focus of your love? (even if we know we might benefit in some way) Rom 5:9 -Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
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3.d. Unconditional
Rom 5:8 tells us we were sinner before God - it was not our worth that made Jesus go to the cross. We did not deserve love but God gave it freely to us - we were unlovely! In Dt 7:7-8 God tells of his choosing to love Israel true love is based on a decision to give it.
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3.e. Judicial
God’s love is not weak and accepting of all that people do - it is not true that “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” - that is really bad theology. 1 Cor 13:6 -Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Heb 12:6 -the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.
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3.e. Judicial
God’s love is not weak and accepting of all that people do - it does not mean Love is not true that “Love means never having -to say ignoring wrong for you’rehe doesthat is really God sorry” - not put up bad theology. with it, he corrects us. 1 Cor 13:6 -Love does not In act if youbut rejoices with delight in evil are not disciplined you have to the truth. ask if you are a child of Heb 12:6 -the Lord disciplines God! he loves, and he the one chastens everyone he accepts as his son.
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3.f. Emotional
True love has powerful feelings. Php 1:8 - I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. Heb 12:2 - for the joy set before him

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4. God’s love and our welfare

God’s love reflects his determination to see the welfare (health, happiness, fortunes) his children. Rom 8:31-32

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4.a. Nothing overlooked
God’s love is comprehensive, every moment of every day, every situation - nothing is missed by God. Romans 8:32ff does not declare that we will not face trials etc. - but that in Christ there is always a way through because we belong to him.

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4.b. Closing the Loop
Why is it we don’t always feel the love of God in the way Rom 8 suggests we should do? Evans suggests that often we do not live passionately for God’s glory in every area of our life - and so don’t close the loop of the glory and love of God. E.g. Ps 37:4, 2 Cor 8:2, Php 4:4 When we live for God’s glory we become far more aware of his love
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4.c. God’s joy
If you live for yourself and not for the glory of God you will not know God’s joy in your life. Every area of your life has to be lived for the glory of God - work, family, marriage, leisure etc.
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4.d. Consumed with his love
In every situation you face you are loved by God. Rom 5:1-5, 1 Jn 4:18 Things that are a cause for concern should not overwhelm us because of the love God has for us

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5. God’s love is the measure
How do we know what love is by measuring it against God’s love 1 Jn 4:7,8 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Look at yourself - what are you like - do you know God?
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5.a. Loving others
You might claim you cannot love someone - and you are right! We only love with God’s love which radiates out from us. 1 Jn 4:19-20 We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
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5.b. Getting in the game

Too many Christians watch others waiting to be loved by someone. We are meant to be active in participating in, and giving out, the Love of God.

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Responding to the love of God
1. Think about how you have shown love to people in the last few days. Is it hard to remember?! 2. How have you treated the unlovely - is it time to change what you do for them? 3. Thank God for the assurance of his continual steadfast love. 4. Thank God for his hand upon you now - whether it is light or firm.
Thursday 10 March 2011