Every Tuesday morning the EvanTell staff gathers to pray, often accompanied by a short devotional. One particular time has stayed in my memory. Larry asked us to do a group exercise that went like this:
- Pull out a Piece of and draw a line down the middle.
- On the Left side write the words “Our love.”
- On the Right side write the words “God’s love.”
As we filled in the columns with appropriate answers, we marveled at our God’s amazing love:
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:10–11).
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my notes. We came up with several contrasts, but here are the three that stood out to me the most!
- God’s love for us is unconditional—God does not love us based on merit. We can never be good enough to earn God’s favor, nor can we ever be bad enough to diminish his love. He loved us first (1 John 4:19) and will never stop.
- God’s love for us is Sacrificial—God loves us so much that he sent his Son to die on our behalf (John 3:16). While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God’s love is not focused on what he gets but on what he gives.
- God’s love is enduring—No matter what happens, nothing can separate us from God’s love. Paul tells fellow believers, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39).
What about you? How have you noticed that God’s love is different from human love?