Understanding God’s Love

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Recently while attending a meeting at my college chapel, I kept on thinking about this one thing and praying about it: “God, if I need to show others your love, isn’t it important for me to first understand your love completely?” Many Christians find it very difficult to understand this concept of God’s Love. We quote John 3:16 so many times in our life but we fail to understand the crux of the love written in those verses. Love is the greatest phenomenon in the Bible. Though as Christians we often talk about this Love and just feel amazed by the concept, we still come across the question does God really love and care? Sometimes it really affects the faith in us and stops us being fruitful in God. One of the primary reasons for this failure in experiencing God’s love is due to our failure in understanding the concept of His love. Many times we question the love of God when we don’t get what we want. It is not at all wrong in expecting things from our Father. But remember that our concept of God’s love should not be based on that. In the Old Testament times, we see God’s love is revealed through His works. In the New Testament, God showed His love for mankind at the cross of Calvary through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ and for Christians that alone should be the measure and concept of God’s love. Our understanding of God’s love should be based on that. All other blessings that we receive through our relationship with God are the effect of His faithfulness in the relationship. Take the analogy of a father-son relationship: The father does not need to give everything the son asks to prove His love as the relationship in itself is the proof of his love for him. Similarly, the relationship God has with us through Jesus Christ itself is the measure of His love. Let us abide in His love!

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