Grace and God’s Love (#1030)
Good morning. We’re going to continue our series on God’s Grace, looking specifically at God’s love, which is a topic we’ve looked at before, but today we’ll be looking at it from the point of view that we don’t earn His love, we probably don’t deserve His love, but God loves us anyway. So even though the word grace doesn’t show up very much in these verses we’re looking at, the fact that God loves us regardless of what we do is very clear. And, that is amazing. We often talk about unconditional love that God shows towards us, and that is very unique because we know with people, that you occasionally meet a rare individual that will love you unconditionally. And that is wonderful when that happens and I thank God for that. I know we all endeavor to do it, but is hard as people, because we don’t like slights, we don’t like attacks, we don’t like insults, we don’t like it when people let us down. So, even as much as we might try to love people unconditionally, it is difficult. Of course, a lot of people don’t’ even try to love unconditionally.
There are people that we try very hard to love and take care of and they don’t care about us at all. We’ve all dealt with that. But, all that aside, God’s love is unconditional. It’s purely by His grace, it’s purely because He chooses to love us, and no matter what we do He still loves us. So, I wanted to point that out because I’m sure there are places you could go where if you didn’t follow a group’s rules and recommendations, they may not come out and say God doesn’t love you, but they would sure as heck imply it. But, that is their problem, we’re not here to pick on other groups, we may look at them just for comparison, but we’re here to focus on God’s incredible grace and today, the great love we have because of that. So let’s start with some very familiar verses, we’ll go back to Deuteronomy chapter seven….
As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20211024. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Deuteronomy 7:8 God’s motives
Deuteronomy 23:5 God turned the curse (of Balaam) into a blessing, because He loved
Psalms 13:5-6 I have trusted in thy steadfast love
Psalms 34:8-10 O taste and see that the Lord is good; they that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing —
Psalms 36:7-9 How excellent (precious) is thy lovingkindness
Psalms 92:1-2 To shew forth (declare) thy lovingkindness in the morning
Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend
Jeremiah 9:23, 24 He knoweth the Lord which exercises lovingkindness (vs 24)
Jeremiah 31:3 With lovingkindness He drew us.
Romans 8:28 All things work together for good
Romans 8:38, 39 Nothing can separate us
Ephesians 1:4-6 Holy and without blame, lovely and acceptable
I Thessalonians 4:9-12 You are taught of God to love one another (vs. 11 – aspire to lead a quiet life, aspire to live quietly, let it be a point of honor with you to keep calm)