Millions of people – even religious people – are afraid of God and are struggling to earn His favor. They suppose that salvation is the reward of showing Him enough love. If only they would believe what God himself says, that if we are ever saved it is entirely because He loved us and graciously provided for our salvation.
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 13:11 called God “the God of Love.” John declared “God is love” in 1 John 4:8, and continues there in verse 10 to say: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins.” This is why salvation is so often called a gift in the Bible.
And so Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:3-5, “We… were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;)”
Also Titus told about the love of God, “…after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” (Titus 3:4-5)
Does all this mean that God overlooks sin or condones it? God forbid! In His love He paid for our sins on Calvary’s cross, “that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26). This is why we read in Romans 5:8 : “…God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
My Brothers and Sisters, I hope you get a blessing from these notes.