Yes He does!
He demonstrated His love in a remarkably tangible way. His love is always present for us to see and experience.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)
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 (NIV)
Even though God has made His love for us plain, many believers are not sure of God’s love for them. They know what the Bible says about God’s love. They’ve heard numerous messages that confirm this wonderful truth. Yet, still God’s love does not seem personal, and they wonder if God truly loves them.
They live in fear of God’s punishment. In their hearts, they feel God must be disgusted with them or angry because they can’t get their lives together. I know. I lived many years wondering each day when God’s punishment would be aimed at me.
I knew He loved the world. I did not believe He actually loved me.
I had a law mindset. Love was to be earned. It was the reward for being good and doing good things. But I wasn’t living up to my end of the bargain. I kept falling flat on my face time and time again. How could God love me?
God is love. His nature is to love, and He does so with no strings attached. As one writer put it, “His is a one-way love.” We can’t earn it, nor can we do anything to lose it.
That is a hard lesson to learn. We naturally lean to the law. We like the rules and regulations. We judge God’s love for us on our performance. This attitude is so prevalent that the phrase “performance-based Christianity” has become cliché.
I was trapped in performance. This law mind-set kept me from seeing the love of God. I had no assurance whatsoever.
Sadly, my story is not unique. The vast majority of believers today are plagued with doubt.
Like me, legalistic thinking keeps them from truly knowing that God loves them.
If you are plagued with doubt, change your mindset from law to grace. Grace is what plants a firm conviction in the heart that God’s love is real and true. The law can’t do that.
The law made our need for Jesus very clear. It judged us guilty of sin, condemned us and showed us that we were spiritually dead. And that is where it left us. There is nothing more it could do.
Every time we drift back to the law, those feelings of guilt, fear and shame re-emerge.
Here is the scoop on the law. It cannot save us. It merely shows us that we need to be saved.
Grace saves us.
Jesus removed the judgment and condemnation of sin. Jesus made us right with God. Jesus gave us life. We are never (let that word sink in) outside of God’s good favor.
That’s grace and that is where we live as children of God. Paul made this point in Romans 6:14 – “you are not under law, but under grace.”
When this act of grace occurred (think back on the day of your salvation) the law was satisfied. Its purpose was fulfilled. There was nothing more for it to do. The law gave way to grace.
When the law gave way to grace in my mind, the love of God came into clear view and I have not been the same since.
I knew it. The doubt was gone.
As my friend Andy Nelson said, the love of God “is better than anything this world has to offer.” I agree. There is nothing better than going through life knowing that God loves me now and always.
For more information on this subject, a suggested resource is When God Is For You (CDWGY).
I have yet to meet a person who does not worry. It’s part of our DNA. Some people are more prone to it than others. It’s just a fact of life; everyone worries to some degree or another.
"The crossover is how we describe crossing over from spiritual death to spiritual life. When we come to Jesus we are severed from darkness and are free to live in the newness of life. As sinners, we were missing the mark of what God originally designed us to be. The desires of the flesh are contrary to the desires of God. Only in Jesus can we live out our purpose.All Sermons by Bob Christopher and Bob Davis