A young boy was sitting by a older man in church. The young boy said, "Do you need to be saved?" The man said, "Young man I have been a deacon in this church for thirty years." The boy said, "Listen mister, it doesn't matter what you have done, God still loves you."
The apostle Paul said, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). God's declaration of love for us is more than vocal but is demonstrated through the action He took in sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins. The Father in heaven reached out to us even though as the text declares men were "ungodly", "sinners", and "enemies" (of God). His purpose was to bring men home (reconcile them) through the power of unconditional love as seen in the cross. The purpose of this love is that we might learn to love Him and of course share this with others. As the apostle John says, "We love, because He first loved us" (I John 4:19).
Our love, coming from this source, will also be more than a vocal love but a demonstrated one. Our love for God is reflected by a life that hears what He has to say and conforms to His word. Words of love and praise apart from a demonstration by obedience and a changed life is not a love that is commended in scripture. Jesus said, "If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love" (John 15:10).
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