“God is love.” – 1 John 4:8
Many people in the world today are on a search for something, but they don’t quite know what it is. They can’t seem to find it. Even the richest people in the world are on a search for something, they may think it is more money, but that doesn’t satisfy them.
There has to be something out there more satisfying, enriching and important than money and materialistic goods. We are very fortunate to have the Word of God to tell us exactly what that “thing” that we want and desire is.
It is God’s love. And it’s not just His love for the world, but His love for you, as a specific individual.
Blaise Pascal says: “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
And that is a true statement, but what stops us from receiving the only thing in the world that can bring that?
1) Past Mistakes - Sometimes we think we messed up so bad that God couldn’t quite possibly love me. But that isn’t true. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 that when we confess our sins (wrongs before God) with our mouth and heart that God has forgiven us. He doesn’t count sin against us anymore because we believe in Him.
2) Pursuit of things – God knows our desire for more and God knows how to give us more, but not more of what we expect but what we need, which is Him.
These are only two things that hinder us from knowing the true love and power of God personally in our lives.
Our lives will be meaningless and unfulfilled until we come to believe on the one that God sent to save us, Jesus Christ. It’s in Jesus Christ that hope is found. It’s in the Word of God where our attitudes can become more likeable and loveable.
God uses the Gospel and the Word of God to change us and fulfill our lives with good things. God is at work every time we open the Word of God, even if it’s but for a brief period of time.
The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the Bible and He shows us exactly how to change and do Gods will instead of our own will. It’s in doing Gods will that we can find fulfillment.
It’s in giving to a godly cause, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with someone and doing things that would bring a smile to someone’s face that counts in this life.
God is looking at our lives from an eternal aspect and we have the chance to receive eternal rewards, ones that God Himself has for us when we go to be with Him in Heaven.
Let’s check out a scripture. It’s coming from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever!”
It’s a beautiful passage of scripture but what about putting our names first?
Adam is patient and at the end of his patience is kindness. Adam is not jealous or boastful. Adam is not proud or rude.
I’m completely out of this verse. There’s no way I can hold up to that at all times, but now let’s put Jesus there.
Jesus is patient.
Jesus is kind.
Jesus is not jealous.
Jesus is not boastful or proud.
Jesus is not rude.
Jesus does not demand His own way.
Jesus is not irritable.
Jesus keeps no records of being wronged.
Jesus does not rejoice in in-justice but rejoices in truth.
Jesus never gives up.
Jesus never loses faith.
Jesus is always hopeful.
Jesus always endures through every circumstance.
Jesus never fails.
God loves you, you. He loves you specifically and because of that love He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the Cross for your sins. If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ at your personal Savior, you can do it now without anyone even knowing.
All you have to do is admit you have sinned in life.
Admit Jesus’ death on the Cross was the payment for the sin.
And believe Jesus Christ is so in love with you that He won’t let you go.
The Bible says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Every Christian’s faith is hinged to that scripture; we trust it and cherish it. You too can experience the love of God through Jesus Christ when you accept Him.
I’m 26 and just now finding out what I was really looking for.