The best part of the Good News is being loved by God who has made us his children and gives us the privilege of calling him Father. This Father's love does not waver, does not ever fail. Even the discipline he administers is for our good, training us in righteous living. God's love is rooted in who he is. His love is ours before we were even born. We didn’t lose his love when we set out on a destructive path of life. He grieves for those who hurt and those who do the hurting.
He set us in families so we could understand love is a gift, not a reward. Too often we have messed up our families so badly by our self-centered ways, we are unable to love or be loved. We have missed the mark (sinned) by failing to honor God as our Creator Father. God knew from the beginning we would need a Savior to show us the meaning of love.
This is the heart and soul of the message Jesus brought to us in his human birth, life and death.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! ...This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
Jesus taught many things, but the heart of his message is:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Love is more than emotion; it certainly includes emotion, but love is active, doing no harm and doing good as you have means and opportunity.
When Jesus the Son of God, allowed himself to be executed, the sinless perfect Lamb of God, in our place, he opened the gate to a life full of genuine love flowing from God to us, to one another and back to God. His love has always been there, but apart from the faithfulness of Jesus, we were unable to perceive or receive it.
Love is the heart of the best Good News ever.
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