You are loved.
Those are words that we all long to hear. We were designed to love and be loved. Yet, sadly, instead of love, we often experience brokenness, bitterness, and hate. Even those who love us the best will fail and disappoint us.
That’s because we live in a broken world, a world corrupted by what the Bible calls sin. Sin, simply put, is rebellion against God. The two greatest commands that God gave us are to love him supremely and love others deeply. Unfortunately, we often break these commands as we either live more for ourselves and our own desires than we do for God, or we treat others in a far less than loving way.
But God is the God of love, and God loves us without fail, even though we have broken his commands. And how does God love us? The Bible says:
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:9-10, New Living Translation)
God loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus into the world. Jesus lived a life in which he loved God and others perfectly—the very thing we could not do. More than this, Jesus offered himself in our place. He gave himself as a sacrifice to take the guilt of our rebellion and the punishment we deserved for it—eternal death.
By trusting in Jesus as our savior and committing our lives to him, we get to experience the fullness of God’s love, our sinful rebellion is forever forgiven and our guilt removed, and we gain eternal life. And all of this is a wonderful gift of God because he loves us—he loves you.
If you would like to know more about the story of Jesus, click below and watch the video at the website story4.us/fbcadrian
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