“The Key Truth” ( 1 John 4: 16, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.”

Knowing God is love, and that He loves us is key. Some say knowing God is holy and that He expects holiness from us is key; but I say understanding “God is love” and that He thoroughly loves us is the key truth of the Christian life.

Paul prays “that [God] may grant [us], according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in [our] hearts through faith.” Paul prays, “that [we], being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 16 – 19)

When we know God loves us, then we are “filled with all the fullness of God.” God’s love through Christ Jesus is “our peace.” Jesus “makes of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations.” (Ephesians 2: 14, 15) Instead, Jesus reconciles us to God through the shedding of His own blood. His willingness to die for us proves the level of His love for us.

“For while we are still helpless, at the appointed time, Christ dies for the ungodly. For rarely does someone die for a just person — though for a good person perhaps someone may even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we are still sinners, Christ dies for us!” (Romans 5: 6 – 8)

When it comes to God’s love of us, we do not even need to rely on faith; we have proof. This key truth — that God is love, and that He loves us — enables us to walk through the Christian life with confidence. We have the Lord; what can man do to us?

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