1 John 3:1

Tom Harding

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God" (1John 3:1).

There is a great deal said in religious circles about the love of God, but few have a real scriptural concept of the truth of God's love as it is manifested in the scriptures. The general idea most people have is, "that God loves everybody without exception and is trying his best to save everybody, but the sinner will not cooperate." The truth of God's character revealed in the word is that God is Holy, Just and His love is always in harmony with His Holy character as a Just God and a Saviour (Isa. 45:21). Those for whom He loves in Christ (Rev.1:5), elected in Christ (John 6:37), redeemed in Christ (Eph.1:7) must be justified in Christ (Rom. 8:28-30) and will be called out of bondage into Light (Col. 1:12-13). Here are some scriptures that describe this true love of God to His covenant people.

The more we meditate upon His great love to us, its character, its fullness, its blessedness; the more our hearts will be drawn out in love to Him. "We love Him because He first loved us" (1John 4:19; 3:16).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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