“You Can’t Buy Love”

  “Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made; were every blade of grass a  quill, and every man a scribe by trade, to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry; nor could the scroll contain the whole, though spread from sky to sky.”
What a beautiful statement concerning the love of God. 

  How do you put into words God’s love for mankind? It is best said in the golden text of the Bible: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”   John 3:16   NIV  

  All of this love is offered freely by God to humanity.  You can’t buy His love.   This is so difficult for us to understand.   The reason is, that our human love is so based on merit.  “We use love for buying and selling”, so stated Rollo May in his book, “Man’s Search for Himself.”  We need to learn that a love demanded as a payment is no love at all.  But, largely isn’t this the kind of love we give and demand from one another?  If we do not say it in words, we do in actions.  I love you, if you love me.  I love you, because you do certain nice things for me.  I love you, because you are nice.  But, what are we saying with our love?  Is it not, that when you don’t meet the requirements of my love, I refuse to love you.  But, because our human love is so selfish, it makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to clearly comprehend God’s unselfish love for us. Yet, we must try to understand that ‘you can’t buy true love.’ 

  God’s love is unmerited.  Love is born out of forgiveness.  Love does not bring forgiveness, rather forgiveness brings love.  “We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19   NIV    Forgiveness is unmerited or it is not forgiveness at all.  Forgiveness is extended ‘in spite of’ rather than ‘because of.’  What do we have or can do that would merit, earn God’s love?  Only our sincere, humble acknowledgement of being a sinner in need of God, will please Him. Only those who realize their deep inner need for forgiveness from God, will seek it.  Our greatest sin is to be conscious of no sin.  Our sense of need will open the door to the forgiveness of God.  God is love and love’s greatest glory is to be needed.       

  God’s love is conditional.  There has to be a proper response of acceptance. God will not thrust salvation on us. He will not force His love upon us.  “This is love for God: to obey his commands…”  ! John 5:3  The scriptures teach us that we need to hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized to rise to walk in newness of life, a Christian.  He has given us the privilege to become children of God–“children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”  John 1:13 NIV   

  A favorite scripture of mine and many is Ephesians 2:8  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”   NIV

  Salvation is the gift from God.  Only God, out of His graciousness, can offer such a gift.    
Faith is man’s proper response in acceptance of that gift.  We express that faith through obedience, dedication to God through Jesus.    We can’t buy His love but we need to express our acceptance of such love through our faith (trust) in Him.

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