Created for love

Friday, June 23, 2017

“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.” - 1 John 4:15,16

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did God create me?” There are many answers one could give, but when all is said and done it comes down to – love!

In God’s eternal purpose, you and I were created to love and be loved. However, the love that John writes about is not a superficial love or even a temporal love. It is not self-gratifying, but rather the love he writes about is the highest quality of perfect love possible. Perfect love is a selfless, caring, giving, generous, adoring, thoughtful relationship that has no end.

The Bible teaches that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit (also called the “Godhead” in Colossians 2:9) all share the same divine essence. They are one in purpose, one in transparency, and one in love. The quality of love shared among the members of the Godhead has always been and always will be perfect. In addition, the beauty of God’s eternal purpose of perfect love finds it great expression not only in the quality, but also in quantity. Understand that there is no possible way that perfect love could be improved, but it could be extended. That’s where we enter the picture. Mankind was created for the purpose of being brought into the circle of divine love. Christianity is distinct because of this great love relationship with God.

As believers I am afraid that sometimes we get too accustomed to love and take God for granted. No other world religion has such love given to their followers (Romans 5:5). Many times we act like we do God a favor by loving Him. Notice that the apostle John focused on God’s love for us, and not our love for Him. It does not matter what virtuous deeds we have done or how good we are.

The truth is that we did nothing to deserve being included into the circle of the Godhead’s love. It is purely by God’s sovereign grace, by which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ephesians 3:11). It is beyond our comprehension to think that simply by our confession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God that we enter into the circle of the Godhead’s perfect love – but it’s true.

So when we look into the bible we find a loving God whose heart rejoiced at the thought of bringing us into existence so He could share His love with us. In other words, God did not need us but rather God wanted us. Be encouraged that you were created on purpose, for a purpose, and the purpose is – love!

David C. Hale, pastor