In today’s world we often think “feelings” when we hear the word “love.” This misconception makes us associate God’s love with the irrationality and fickleness of emotions. We think, “He loves me today, but I am not sure of tomorrow” or “He is committed to me today, but I don’t know about tomorrow.”
But the truth is that God’s love for us is an intentional signed and sealed commitment.
—We were doomed to destruction because of our sins.
—God loved us and did not want to see us (mankind) destroyed.
—He devised and executed a perfect salvation plan that is unchangeable. IT IS A DONE DEAL!
o Read Romans 5:1-11
—Many blessings are now being opened up to us because His salvation has been revealed.
God will not send us back into darkness and condemnation; it is His will that we dwell with Him in His kingdom of light. In all things, He works for our good toward this divine purpose, and nothing separates us from His love.
o Read Romans 8:31-34.
—He loves us in life and in death.
Rather than see a child of His put him- or herself under the sort of condemnation that will destroy his soul, God sometimes calls His own home.
- Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
—THIS IS THE NATURE OF GOD’S LOVE —Strong and immovable!
It is clear from the scriptures that journeying in this kingdom of love is not a do-as-you-please ride.
—God’s words to David about his descendants typify the way He deals with those in His kingdom.
o Read 2 Samuel 7:8-16, note verses 14-15
Discipline is a significant part of our love relationship with Him. But, as He promised to Solomon and his descendants, He also promises to us in Christ — although He may chastise and discipline us, He will not take His love away from us (Hebrews 12:6-12).
All that has been discussed so far is the picture from God’s point of view. We have a part to play in keeping ourselves in the unchanging love of God; this will be discussed in future lessons.