February 4, 2020 Blog Admin
In Devotionals

4th February 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

For a common scripture, this is easily one of the most taken-for-granted scripture verses. We read it but don’t pause, ponder and take it in.
When scripture says- God “so” loved, it tells you the degree to which God loved us, a degree that words can’t really articulate.

I John 3:1 calls us to behold and look with wonder at the love we’ve been loved with.

If we breakdown our text today into keywords(highlighted in block letters), here’s what we will find;
“For GOD so LOVED the WORLD that HE GAVE His only begotten SON….”

The keywords show us the following;

Love- The ultimate emotion or expression.
God- The giver
World-The deficit
His Son- The gift

Every time I read this our text it’s a fresh reminder of how giving the nature of God’s love is. How extravagant.

There was a real deficit that the human condition was helpless to fix and on account of this, were doomed to eternal destruction. But God stepped in and gave the gift of Jesus as a sacrifice. You should read Romans 8:3-4 in the Message version to see how it describes this.

The real gift to our world is the giving of Jesus but in addition, it is also the gift of Sonship. By the giving of Jesus, God’s only begotten son, many more sons (You and I) have now come to God!
(Romans 8:29, John 1:12.)

What a gift! A love that reproduces just by its expression. Hallelujah!

Guess what? That same love is the love that you’ve received to give out. (I John 4:12,19.)
Your love should be a gift to this world. That by expressing and completing the love you have received, either by behaviour or word or presence, the fragrance of Christ spreads and draws others to Him.

Life is not just about duration, it’s also about donation and destination.

Beyond the money, the hugs or the physical gifts,(as wonderful as they are)let your love give.

Let your love give Jesus.

Let it multiply.

Is my love giving in nature? What gift does my love give?

-I am incredibly loved by God.
– God gave me the unique gift of His son, Jesus and because of this, I am a son, accepted in the beloved.
– God’s love gift has set a chain reaction in motion that causes me to be transformed and to experience all the realities of sonship.
-I have been given to give.
-I have been loved to love. I dispense the love of God.
-I am the multiplier effect of the Love of God.

(Recommended Listening)

Listen to LOVE ~ The Series by The StandPoint Church on #SoundCloud