Ephesians 3:14-19(ESV) – For this reason I bow my knees before the Father…16 that according to the riches of his
glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,..17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Who God Loves
John 8:11 (ESV) – And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more
Romans 5:8 (ESV) – God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
We OVER-ESTIMATE How Easy We Are to Love
Isaiah 64:6 (ESV) – We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV) – When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
How God Loves
God’s Love is Undeserved
Luke 19:7,9-10 (NIV/ESV) – All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 1 0 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
God’s Love is Unreasonable eros = loving to satisfy appetites
“ Eros is love on a treasure hunt.” — John Ortberg
Isaiah 53:6 (ESV) – All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
“God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them.” – C. S. Lewis
1 John 4:8 (ESV), God is love.
1 John 4:19(ESV), We love because he first loved us.
God’s Love is the Cross of Christ
1 John 4:9-10 (NIV) – ” 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.”
John 15:13 (HCSB) – “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends ”
1 John 4:9-10 (NIV) – “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.”
Romans 5:6-8 (NIV) – “You see, at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, through for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Understanding God’s Love
- The Bible
- Answered Prayers
- Give Thanks Continuously
Romans 1:19, 21-22 (ESV) – For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. … 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.2 2 Claiming to be wise, they became fools
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