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How Will I Respond to the God Who Is Love?

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Will I choose God’s love?

God chose to love humanity. Will I choose to love God in return? John 3:16 delimits the truth of God’s love.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 NKJV

Not only does God love, but God IS love. That is His identity!

Everyone is presented with the opportunity to love God in return.

We love Him because He first loved us.

1 John 4:19 NKJV

Jesus exemplified sacrificial giving while seeking the best interest of all.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 NASB

I must choose to respond to God’s love.

But I must choose how I will respond to the God who is love. Will I accept His gift of love? Or will I reject His sacrifice? The choice that I make further establishes my identity.

God’s love defines who I am. His love assigns value and worth to all while giving me significance and security if I accept His love.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Ephesians 3:16–19 NLT

I am loved by God.

When I accept God’s gift of love, my perception of my identity changes. I am loved. Therefore, I am alive in Christ and blessed with the abundant riches of His grace.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4–7 CSB

As my benefactor, God provides the resources of His kindness, love, and mercy through the abundance of His grace. He does not give me what I deserve but from an overflow of His generosity. God is so rich that He chose to share His inheritance with me.

Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan

Ephesians 1:11 NLT

What will be my choice?

God chooses all those who are willing to choose Him. When I choose to be in a relationship with Christ, I become a chosen child of God. The Christian doctrine of election describes the action whereby Christ chooses all who are willing to choose Him. God chose me to be His very own.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Romans 8:28–30 NLT

God’s amazing plan is to bring His chosen ones to Himself. The priority of this age is to call His church to be His bride.

“Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out.”

John 6:37 CSB

God is a benefactor to all who choose Him.

And all who are chosen enjoy the abundant treasures of our benefactor.

Then he said to me, “Write: Blessed are those invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These words of God are true.”

Revelation 19:9 CSB

The incomprehensible riches of Christ tantalize the imagination. But the greatest blessing is to be in a relationship with Christ and the privilege to grow in Christlikeness.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT

Certainly, it is difficult to grasp all I have in my relationship with Christ. However, as my benefactor, God wishes to bless His chosen ones so that we will be like His Son. These unending blessings will overflow throughout eternity.

Insight Journal

  • God is love. I am loved. Therefore,
  • God is my benefactor. I am chosen by God. Therefore,

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