Beholding God’s Love

1 John 3:1 says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” That word behold, means to fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care. In 2020, we clearly do not focus enough on God’s love to us. In Eph 3:17-19, it says that we should comprehend the “breadth, and length, and depth and height;” of Christ’s love. Truly it is a deeper, and greater than we can imagine. The first thing we notice about the love of God is that it is a 1. Righteous Love. This means it is a pure love, with a pure motive. He doesn’t love us for what he can get from us. He loves us with a sinless perfect love. Love is very misunderstood today. Often, people love others for what they can get from them. That is not the love of Christ. Secondly we can notice, it is a 2. Redeeming Love. God loved us so much, that he wanted to reach down in the mire and filth of the world, and rescue us, redeem us, or buy us back. That is what redeem means. To be called a son of God, is a tremendous privilege of which we are not worthy. And yet He grants us this privilege to be the very child of a KING! He doesn’t overlook our sin, He paid the entire price of our sin. 1Pet 1:18-19. Lastly, we notice it is a 3. Received Love. John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world” and he does! He offers salvation to everyone! The most vilest of persons is loved by God, and offered salvation! Obviously the whole world is not saved, the gift of salvation, must be received. John 1:12 clearly tells us that! “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” – What a gift… who would want to turn down such an amazing gift?