for us is expressed in many ways. You may be thinking of John 3:16, where God the Father lovingly offered us salvation through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. What happens after that? How does He express love for us? Consider these verses from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, ]thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
The word love here is agape, a love of affection or benevolence. It’s only possible for us through God the Holy Spirit who lives in us. This is how God wanted the brethren in Corinth to behave toward each other. Did you know that this also describes God’s relationship with us? Toward us He is patient, kind, and is not jealous of anything we have or do. He is not rude, does not only care about Himself. He cares greatly for us. He takes no pleasure in our sins. He’s always ready to forgive us, He wants what’s best for us, which is His will in our life.
Pastor Sharon and I encourage you to pray to your loving God about this. Ask Him to show you the many ways that He expresses His love for you.
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