As we celebrate communion we truly celebrate the fact that God the Father sent His son to take our place of death and die upon the cross. In brief we celebrate the Love of the Father.
“God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” So goes the saying. But tell people that God loves them and it may not strike relief at the core of a hardened heart. “After all,” they may answer, “what benefit is that to me that God should love me? I still have my bills, trouble with my kids, issues with my spouse, problems at work. What benefit to me is the Love of God?” More than that, they might look at all of their trouble and just say, “prove it.”
I say that God loves you” is an undeniable fact but it’s not always evidenced the way people want to see it. Let’s look at three ways God shows His love. He proved it at the cross, he proves it with discipline and he proves it in his constant care.
God Proved His Love at Cross
Well proving it really is the first step to answering that question. Before we can explain the benefit’s of God’s love we have to start with the proof of God’s love; and fortunately that is a remarkably easy thing to do.
Romans 5:8 declares “ But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ” ( Romans 5:8 , NASB95)
And again in 1 John we read, “ By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ” ( 1 John 4:9–10 , NASB95)