Friday, May 27, 2011

The Main Thing

Me and my son Brennan
"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

If someone asked me to describe God in one word, it would be hard, but I would probably go with the word "love." Everything He is, everything He has done, everything He is doing is motivated by love...His love. Not our kind of "conditional, superficial, over-emotional love, but His pure, un-conditional love. Think about it...

- In the beginning God creates...why? Love.
- God walks with Adam and Eve in the garden because of love.
- God delivers Israel from slavery because of love.
- God rescues Noah and his family because of love.
- God sends Jesus as a substitute for us, to take our punishment, because of love.
- Jesus remains obedient to the Father all the way to the cross, because of love.
I could keep going...

You know where we often go wrong? We think it's all about us. It isn't. We are not the subject; but we are the object. We are the object of God's love, but He is the subject. He is the main thing. He is the one who made a way for us, who pursues us, who loves us time and time again.

There's a story in the Bible that perfectly conveys God's immense love for us. It's Hosea's story. Hosea is commanded to marry Gomer, a prostitute, and take her as his wife. He does, and she bears him 3 beautiful children; (2 sons, and 1 daughter). Soon after, Gomer leaves Hosea for another man...and God promptly tells Hosea to go and show his love to her again.

"Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods..." (Hosea 3:1)

This is one of the most important stories in the Bible. Why? Because it shows us exactly what God has done for us. I am the adulterous wife, and so are you. Every time we sin, we commit adultery. And yet, there is our bride-groom, pursuing us still, loving us always.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." (1 John 4:7-12)

What is the point of this post? God's love, when fully comprehended, will motivate everything we do in this life. His life laid down for us, with a promise of heaven awaiting. I'm afraid that too often I lose sight of this love...a love that should compel me to fulfill the greatest commandments; to love God, and to love people.

And that picture at the top? I included that because I think it's a picture of God's love of us...He delights in us, and rejoices over us. After all, He made us in His own image!

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