The Love of God

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ,

Last Sunday I began a new sermon series: Getting to Know God.  We will be looking at some of the attributes of God, the characteristics of God that “make God God.”  We began by considering the love of God, a good place to start for as I Jn. 4:16 proclaims, “God is love.”

We closed the service with the hymn “The Love of God.”  With its beautiful imagery, perhaps no other hymn or song describes God’s love so clearly and powerfully.  I invite you to take a few minutes to reflect on these words from the third verse:

Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made,

Were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill, and ev’ry man a scribe by trade,

To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry,

Nor could the scroll contain the whole, tho stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!  How measureless and strong!

It shall for evermore endure – the saints’ and angels’ song.

God’s love for us is so immense, so measureless that not even the oceans could supply enough ink, not even all the heavenly skies would provide enough room to write of it in its fullness.  And this great, indescribable love God directs to us.  As I Jn. 3:1 declares, God lavishes His love on us.

This week, take some time to reflect on the wonder of God’s love for you, how in His love He has forgiven your sins through Christ’s death on the cross, reconciled you to Himself, daily pours out blessings on your life, and has assured us of a glorious eternity in His presence, where we will forever enjoy and grow in our experience of the love of God!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Bob

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