“For the love of God.”
This is a common phrase in our everyday, new-aged lives. But as my good pal Inigo Montoya would say, “I do not think this means what you think it means.” (For all of you who don’t know who Inigo Montoya is, go home and watch the princess bride)
“For the love of God.”
A couple of frequently asked questions on the love of God..
1. What is “the love of God”?
The love of God is something so high, deep, wide, and vast that our brains cannot comprehend. It is fulfilling. It is enrapturing and overwhelming. It is safety and comfort. It is strong.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)
2.Does it even exist?
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7 NLT)
If love comes from God, than I would say the love of God most definitely exists.
3.Why would God love me?
“No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 8:39 NLT)
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” (Luke 12:6 ESV)
God cares enough to not forget about the sparrow.
“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31 ESV)
You are His. He loves you.
4.How do I convince God to love me?
The love of God is not something you can earn. It’s not something you have to “convince” Him to do.
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.”(Ephesians 2:4-5, 8 NLT)
5.Does God even know I exist?
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NLT)
We exist because of God. We exist because he loves us.
So next time you’re about to say “for
the love of God,” catch yourself. Think about it for a second before you let those words escape your lips.
Remember not to take advantage of a gift so precious and undeserving as the love of God.
For, the love of God is the reason we exist.