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How God’s Love Differs from Ours

A topic that is often overlooked or misunderstood in scripture is love. This one aspect, if correctly defined, is the most important. True love covers all. God’s love gives while ours often takes away. John 3:16 reads; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” His love gives. Another vital truth in God’s love is that it is unconditional. It doesn’t require recompense. It is unselfish contrary to ours that says “I love you if you love me.”

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The love of God was bestowed while we were yet sinners. God freely extends Himself through grace and is always leaning towards us even when we have our minds set on the world. This love is what draws us from darkness. Let’s look at the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3. We read that Nicodemus came to Jesus by night. There was two reasons for this. One is more obvious that Nicodemus didn’t want to be seen by the Pharisees and decided to make the visit secretly. The other is spiritual. Jesus was a light in darkness. He knew something was different about Jesus. Nicodemus began to speak of Jesus and the miracles that He wrought being indicative of God being with Him.

Jesus then responds to Nicodemus as if a question was asked. See, Nicodemus made a statement, yet his soul propositioned a question. This is why Jesus responded with what is needed to inherit the Kingdom of God. The Lord is able to see past our flesh and respond to our spiritual needs. We all come to the Lord in a state of moral darkness. He is a drawing light. Much like Peter in Matthew 14 seeing the Light walking on the sea. At that time of night, Jesus would have had to be radiant for them to see Him and think that He was a ghost. This light is His love. His love bypasses the fleshly man and penetrates the inner man by way of the heart.

It is that gaping hole in us that is barren of fulfilment. Only His love can fill it. We should all aspire to bestow the same love that was bestowed unto us. By doing so, we fulfill God’s greatest commandment. Matthew 22:36-40 reads; ” Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” When we love like God, we serve Him in holiness, we do well by our fellow-man, and we reflect the light of Jesus. Are you transparent enough to allow the world see the light of Christ?

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About Charles Russell

Charles Russell is a minister from Daytona Beach, FL. & has been working directly with troubled youth as a counselor for 9 years. He has obtained a plethora of experience communicating the word of God to children and adults. With a strong zeal for study and mentoring, he is now walking into his true calling as a pastor and teacher. Charles has now learned how to efficaciously utilize his gifts of music, exegetical teaching, graphic design, public speaking, writing, and youth mentoring as platforms to herald the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, he is a husband and father.

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