When you read 1 John, you can't help but notice that love has everything to do with our Christian faith. In 1 John 4:16 we find the ultimate definition of God, "God is love." In verse 9 John tells us how God shows his love for us, "He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." Verse 10, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." He goes on in verse 11 and 12, "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
God loves you more than you will ever know. It is impossible to measure the infinite love of God. His love is unlike any other love we will ever experience. If you're married you know the love you have for your spouse. If you're a parent you know the love you have for your children. But God's love is greater. God's love is sacrificial. To save us from our sins, God had to send his only begotten Son to earth to die on a cross. Jesus is God and he endured the ultimate cruelty for the people he loved. God's love is generous. He blesses his people with life, health, provides the things we want and need, he answers our prayers.
What God wants from us is our love, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. God wants our worship and devotion. God wants us to serve him. And God wants us to love one another. One of the ways we show our love for God is to love the other people he has created and loves.
This Sunday we want to invite you to join us for worship and a celebration of God's love for us. If you haven't put your faith in Jesus and experienced his love, you'll find out all about it this Sunday at First Baptist Riverside. Join us for worship at 9:00 a.m. (traditional) or 10:45 a.m. (contemporary). We hope to see you here!