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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sacrificial Love

“This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32 NKJV).

Of all the pictures God could have chosen to show His love for the world, and of all of the pictures God could have chosen to show how much His church loves Him, He chose marriage.

How do we know this? Because God says to husbands, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25 NKJV). And He says to wives, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord” (verse 22 NKJV).

Essentially the Lord is saying: “Hey, Planet Earth, do you want to know how much I love My people? Check out the way that Christian husband loves His wife. That’s what it’s like. And do you want to know how much My church loves Me? Look at the way that wife loves her husband. That’s how much my church loves Me.”

Our love for God is a response to God’s love for us. The Bible says, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NKJV).

Despite our sinfulness, wickedness, and shortcomings, despite all the horrible things we’ve done, God loves us. And His love wins us over.

In the New Testament story of the prodigal son, the father ran to his wayward child. And by the way, in that culture it was considered undignified for an older man to run. That’s not to mention the fact that it’s harder for an older man to run. (I know this from experience.)

Jesus told this story to show us what God is like. Effectively He was saying that God is like a father who’s willing to lose his dignity, if you will, to get to his wayward sons and daughters and forgive them.

It’s because He loves us. God loves us so much that He left his comfort zone to reach us.

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Greg Laurie pastors Harvest Christian Fellowship (one of America's largest churches) in Riverside, California and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. He has authored several books including the Gold Medallion Award winner, The Upside Down Church, as well as Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners and The Best Is Yet to Come. You can find his study notes in the New Believer’s Bible, The Seeker’s Bible, and the Start! Bible.

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