Extravagant Love

How is your relationship with God? Do you connect with Christ? Are you communicating with God on a regular basis? Do you only reach out when you are in trouble, fearful, filled with anxiety, or in dire need? Do you know you are loved by Christ?

Our relationship with God depends as much on us as it does God. Just like any relationship, we must put an effort into it. If we are unwilling to work at it, God will not force us, even though he desires us to be in close relationship with him.

However, there is one thing we can be sure of—God loves us…no matter what. Have you truly pondered that? God loves you! In fact, he loves each and every person who walks this earth. He desires that every person chooses to love him back and be in relationship with him.

The Apostle Paul asks rhetorical questions in today’s passage. Just a few verses later he answers his rhetorical questions with an emphatic declaration that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. That means no matter how many times we fall to the temptations Satan throws at us, Christ will still love us.

Yet, that doesn’t give us license to be obstinate and disobedient. Christ desires that we love Him back, appreciating His sacrifice for us. Can we relate? I’m sure we can. When we do something extremely difficult for someone else, we also want them to appreciate what we have done. Why would we think Christ would be any different?

Just as a parent loves a child, even if that child falls into a drug or alcohol induced stupor, Christ loves us. If that child commits grand theft, a parent still loves them. If the child commits murder, the parent still loves them. Sure, they may admit they deserve punishment, but they love them.

I pray we all know that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. I pray we choose to be in relationship with God. I pray each one of us appreciate His sacrifice for us and return His love. Know that Christ loves you. Choose a relationship with God. Love Christ as He loves you.

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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