“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 KJV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV
Love was the reason for God to send His Son to redeem mankind!
Love was expressed at the cross, as Jesus came to give His life for us. Therefore the message of the Gospel (good news) is about sharing the most radical act of love. Like Paul told Corinthians:
“You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5 NLT
The Love of God was demonstrated in redemption, and as we share about Jesus, hearers can begin to comprehend by the Holy Spirit the magnitude of the love of God towards them.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus, so they’d experience the Love of God:
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:19 NLT
In the Old Testament, God promises that the law would be written in their hearts (Jer. 31:33) and Jesus gave this new commandment: to love (Joh. 13:34). The Love of God HAS BEEN poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5).
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” ) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39 NLT
Once we have received His love, we can express that love to others!