My friend, this is written in the first person so that when you read the word “I,” you can think, “This is for me. This is how God loved me. This is what Jesus did for me.” What a comfort you will find these thoughts to be!
The Bibles says that “We love him [God] because he first loved us.” (I John 4:19) But how did God love us? Ask yourself, how did He love me?
God Loved Me While I was a Sinner.
John 3:16 says, “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.” But why did God give His Son? Why did I need everlasting life? Romans 5:8 explains, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” I needed everlasting life because I was dead in sin. I was born in sin because I inherited a sin nature from my first fore-father, Adam. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
Before I knew of Christ’s love, I was dead in sin. And, I was too weak to save myself or rescue myself from the clutches of sin and death. But Jesus had enough strength to do it. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6) Since I could not pay the price for my sin, Jesus did it for m.
God’s Love for Me is Stronger than Human Love
Sometimes a man is willing to lay down his life for his wife and family. He may even be willing to lay down his life for a best friend or for his country. But would he lay down his life for his enemy? A man who would do that would be a rare man indeed. Yet, there was One who did it. Jesus did it for me. As long as I did not know Jesus Christ as my Saviour, I was a sinner. I was a friend of this world, and “a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (See James 4:4) Jesus laid down His life for me while I was His enemy. Romans 5:7,8 explains, “7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The Bible says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) And that is just what Jesus did for me. Though I was His enemy, He loved me as if I were His friend, and He laid down His life for me.
God Loved Me Enough to Save Me, and He Saved Me by His Love
Titus 3:4-6 says, “4But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.”
Jesus came to save me because of God’s love. His love was shed on me abundantly by God’s mercy and grace, and by the gift of the Holy Spirit in my heart. These wonderful gifts of God give me hope of eternal life. “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7)
God’s Love for Me is For Ever
The gifts of God give me hope of eternal life and assurance of God’s everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying , Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” This verse was specifically for Israel, but I know that God did the same for me because God does not change. The Bible says, “We love him, because he first loved us.” (I John 4:19) And, if He first loved me, He loved me with an everlasting love because He is the same God who loved Israel, and He is an unchangeable God. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness [changeableness], neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) God’s love is one of His good gifts to me, and God’s love for me is for ever.
My friend, did you feel the thrill of joy as you read of God’s love and pondered, “This is for me!” Did these thoughts from God’s word bring encouragement to your heart? Or have you not yet experienced this love for yourself? You cannot know it wholly if you do not know Jesus as your Saviour, for in Him only is the experience of true love and the hope of eternal life. If you do not know Jesus today, do not hesitate to talk to someone who does and ask that person how you can know Him too. Then you too can be thrilled with the joy of experiencing God’s love for you.