A Deep Understanding of God’s Love For You: The Answer To All Life’s Problems (By David Pope)

Now whatever you, don’t put me in a box. What we’re going to look at is

more than just a trite religious saying, more than just,’Yeah, I know

God loves me.’ You don’t have a faith problem, you have a LOVE problem.

You don’t have a money problem, you have a LOVE problem. When you

understand just how much your Daddy loves you, getting prayers answered

will be a piece of cake, as our faith works by love. (Gal 5:6) This love

isn’t something we can work toward, earn or achieve. How many times have

you heard someone say, “I’m just a poor old sinner, saved by grace” or

similar? If you are Born Again through the Blood of Jesus, God said you

are holy and without blame before Him in love! Eph.1:4!

Here’s another thought: John 3:16. We all know it, “For God so

loved the world…”. Note “…SO loved the world…”That’s good right

there, He didn’t just love us, he *SO* loved us; so much that He gave His

Son. Now here’s something that’ll help you get hold of this deep

understanding of God’s love for you: Take Jn 3:16, and

where it says “…the world…” put your name in right there. For me, it

would be “For God SO LOVED David that He gave…” Say it out loud right

now, ‘For God so loved (your name here) that He gave…”. We’ll look at

more along this line in a minute.

We do God a disservice by painting Him as a mean old grandfather

waiting to hit us over the head with a frying pan every time we sin.

Consider:

Every GOOD and PERFECT gift cometh from above, from the Father of lights

in Whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning.

Jas 1:17, KJV

Also, we see the Father’s heart in Mt 7:11, “…HOW MUCH MORE THEN will

your Father which is in Heaven give GOOD things to them that ask Him?”

You know, if a natural father did half what is attributed to God, he’d

be in the prison in a minute. Have you ever heard someone say ‘God just

loves me to death’? No, He doesn’t! He loves you to LIFE! Rm 6:23, the

gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord! Another great

illustration of God’s love for you is Jn 10:10, “I am come that they

might have life, and that more abundantly.” The Greek there for “life”

is the word ‘zoe’, and this is the same idea expressed in the Hebrew by

‘shalom’, good well-prosperous life. Now, this isn’t a prosperity

message by any stretch. I thank God for folks that can break down faith

principles, but what we’re talking about is the cornerstone, the

underpinning of the whole deal; a deep understanding of God’s love for

you PERSONALLY. Here’s another idea to help you get this in your spirit:

Get up in the morning, and dance before the Lord, and sing something

like, “you love me, you love me, you absolutely love me yes indeed”. You

might be sitting there, thinking, ‘Well, that sounds undignified to

me.’. You’re absolutely right! Look at II Sam 5:20-23. David was

rejoicing before the Lord, and someone hardened their heart against such

‘fanaticism’. I find it incredible the same people who will shout

themselves hoarse at a sporting event will adamantly refuse to even so

much as ‘Amen’ at church. Think about what God (through Jesus) redeemed

you from, Eph 2:1-3. Walking on a endless nowhere course, lost ,without

hope and undone. and praise the Lord, He didn’t leave us there. Eph

2:4-7 says God, Who is filthy rich (Gk rendered ‘rich’ at 2:4 is the

root of plutocrat; filthy rich person) in His GREAT love, not just His

love but His GREAT love that He loved us with while we were still on

that nowhere track raised us up together with Jesus and seated us

together with Him in heavenly places just so He could crack open a new

vault of the riches of His grace toward us in each of the new ages in

eternity. Now as we close, we’ll look at another example of someone who

had this understanding: John. Now I want you to get this: John was so

over ‘him’ that he never referred to himself in his epistles as an

apostle. He was with Jesus the whole way, and was so close to Jesus he

could have easily went on about being entrusted with Mary, etc. But none

of this for the disciple that Jesus loved. As close as he got was

‘…his servant John…’ in Revelation, and he was over 90 at that time.

I’m not much on ‘tradition’ but this is good; All the 12, except John,

were martyred. The Romans tried to kill John, but they couldn’t. They

tried to boil him in oil, but that didn’t work, so they stuck him on

Patmos. I submit his deep understanding of how much his Daddy loved him

put him in a position where he could receive that miraculous

deliverance. I’m not putting any other New Testament writer down, Paul

had doctrine right on the mark. Peter had holiness on the money. All of

them are

great, but as Paul so aptly put it, “Without love, I am nothing.” I’ll

leave you with another idea: Take your Bible, and

circle/underline/highlight/whatever every time any tense of the word

‘love’ appears in I John. Next time, we’ll look at how we can put this

deep understanding of God’s love for us to use in sharing the Gospel

with the lost. Using what I’ll give you next time, I only had one person

I personally shared the Gospel with not decide for Jesus on the spot on

the mission field (Rm 2:4).

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