The Love of God
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In what does the
"Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by
the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger
forever, because He delighteth in mercy." Micah 7:18.
How is His mercy
"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because
His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy
faithfulness." Lam. 3:22-23.
Is His mercy
limited to any special class?
"He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things." (Acts 17:25.)
"He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth
rain on the just and on the unjust." Matt. 5:45.
How has mankind
repaid Him for His love in creating them and giving them all things to enjoy?
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
Rom. 3:23. See. Isa. 1:4-6.
While all men
were in this condition, how did God still further show His love to them?
"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.) "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom.5:8.
Is there any
difference between the love of the Father and that of the son?
"I and My Father are one." "Believe Me that I am in the
Father, and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the very works' sake."
John 10:30; 14:11.
relationship to God does His love bring us, if we accept it?
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew Him not." 1 John 3:1.
What is given us
to show that we are sons?
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The
Spirit itself beareth witness with out spirit, that we are the children of
God." Rom. 8:14-16.
What does the
Holy Spirit beget in the hearts of those who receive it?
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad
in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Rom. 5:5.
If the love of
God is shed abroad in our hearts, what effect will it have?
"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one
another." 1 John 4:11.
How much must we
love one another?
"This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved
you." (John 15:12.) "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He
laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the
brethren." 1 John 3:16.
is based upon Christ's love for us?
"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself
for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor." Eph.
If we have the
love of God, will we love only those who love us?
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor,
and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you, and persecute you... For if ye love them which love you, what reward
have ye? do not even the publicans the same?" Matt. 5:43-44, 46.
Did God love us
because of any good that we had done?
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His
mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour."
(Titus 3:5, 6.) "But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great Love
wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together,
and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Eph. 2:4-6.
should prompt all our acts?
"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge,
that if one died for all, then were all dead." 2 Cor. 5:14.
In what other
way is God's love manifested to His people?
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and
repent." Rev. 3:19. "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and
scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." Heb. 12:6
What may we
confidently expect, from the fact that God so loved us as to give Christ to die
"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall
He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Rom. 8:32.
What is God's
love for His children able to do when enemies rise up against them?
"Nevertheless, the Lord thy God would not hearken unto Balaam: but the Lord
thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the Lord thy God
loved thee." Deut. 23:5.
If we appreciate
this loving kindness, what will we do?
"How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! Therefore the children of
men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings." Ps. 36:7.
How enduring is
God's love to us?
"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee
with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn
thee." Jer. 31:3.
turn aside the love of God for those who trust Him?
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height,
nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom. 8:38-39.
Unto whom will
the saints of God ascribe universal praise both here and in eternity?
"Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own
blood." Rev. 1:5.