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Knowing Ourselves - April 2018

Our eternal nature reflects God’s love toward us

Knowing Ourselves
Know You Are Eternal – Part 6

Scripture Reading: 1 John 5:10-13

Key Verse: 1 John 5:13

I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.

What did God have in mind when He, being eternal, made up His mind to create human beings that would live forever? God had created the world before He created mankind. When He formed man, what did in have in mind? The only way we know this is to look at our eternal nature which tells us the answer: God wanted us to be in fellowship with Him, not only in the time bound world that we live in now, but in His time-less world, forever! That tells me that He had an unbelievable love for us even as He thought about creating us. It was His ability to see us—even before we were formed in our mother’s womb—that formed the love that God has for us. Psalm 103 speaks of God’s compassion by referring to a father’s compassion for his children. We parents can relate to the love we feel for our children that is indescribable. Moms can relate to feeling deep love as they feel their child moving around in their womb. These feelings are all truths that our eternal nature should teach us about God’s feelings toward us! God wants us to be with Him forever!

This great love caused God to want a “real” relationship with us, not a forced one! What would that take? It would demand that God give us a free-moral choice about Him! If we couldn’t reject God’s love, then the relationship would no longer be real! So, God gave us another aspect of Himself, the ability to choose; a free will. As a result, many have turned from God and grieved God’s heart. Out of His love, He refused to give up on anyone. He sent His Son to redeem His creation. The cross on which Jesus died is a symbol of love as Heaven looks at it. God never changes His mind about wanting everyone to have eternal life with Him! (1 Timothy 2:4).

Father, I am so grateful for your love! In Jesus’ Name, amen.