“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16–17 (NIV UK)
There’s an old saying: “Love can make you crazy.” When you’re in love, you do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. You see it all the time in movies—the hero arranges a wildly extravagant display of affection in an attempt to win back the leading lady. It’s this type of wild extravagance that got me thinking about the way God expresses his love for us.
The story of our relationship with God is filled with moments of distance, resentment, disappointment and disobedience. It seems as if it’s impossible for us to maintain our ‘side’ of the relationship. But even though he knew this from the beginning, God did something that most of us would think is crazy—he loved us anyway. See how John puts it: “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” (1 John 4:9).
God’s relationship with us isn’t contractual. He doesn’t say, “If you do X, Y or Z, then I’ll love you and remain faithful.” Instead, he offers us a covenant where his love is freely given. It’s not earned or deserved. He has promised to be faithful to us no matter what. He remains for us and for our good because of who he is—a holy and loving God. And that means that no matter what happens on our side of the relationship, God will always fulfil his promises, no matter how crazy it seems to us.
This weekend I hope you and your loved ones enjoy a restful break. I be praying that you’ll also be reminded of God’s “crazy” covenantal love that extends to all of us through his Son Christ Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, may we extend our blessing to you, because you seem to do so much for us out of love and commitment to us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.
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