God's Great Love


“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!” (John 3:16)

Why did God become man in the form of the Lord Jesus? Our text verse gives the best possible answer to this question: “For God so loved the world...” God’s nature is love. The entire universe, everything in heaven and on earth, gives evidence of this love. There exists no greater power and no greater good than this godly love. It is the best and most precious of all that is. True love can be expressed in a multitude of ways. We see this in our human expressions of love. We could say, for example, that joy is love that laughs. Peace is love that rests. Patience is love that waits. Faith is love that trusts. Hope is love that anticipates. The Fruit of the Spirit named in the Bible can therefore be seen as different forms or expressions of love.


Christ’s incarnation is one of the many expressions of the love of God. Everything that is sin in our lives rises up against this godly love. Yet here we see the first great difference between divine love and human love. Human love necessarily requires some degree of affection for its object. It often expresses itself with strong feelings in the beginning, but can fluctuate frequently afterwards. Even the greatest human love can fade away over time. On our own, we are incapable of loving someone without a reason. It is always necessary for another person to draw out this affection in us. If one day our reasons for loving someone no longer exist in the same measure, our feelings of love will also fade.

Divine love, on the contrary, is constant. It is not influenced by our behavior. God does not love us because our character in any way pleases Him; we give him no cause to love us. He loves us simply because He Himself is love.

Neither sympathy nor compassion determine God’s actions toward us. Even the quality of our character has no influence on divine love. It is a crucial fact for us to learn that the Lord is love, and therefore can do nothing but love. Only by acknowledging this can we grasp that God gave His Son for us. Yes, He loves exactly those who did nothing to earn His love.

God’s love is all-inclusive. No person is left out: “For God so loved the world...” Regardless of whether good or bad, educated or illiterate, each individual is included in God’s love. Color of skin means nothing to God. He loves without prejudice, without preference. And God loves personally, individually. The apostle Paul expressed how the Lord gives His love to the individual: “Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2). Later we read: “Christ loved the church” (Ephesians 5:25). This refers to everyone who responds with love to godly love. But the circle widens, for our verse states: “For God so loved the world”. Is this love of God not incredible? It was revealed to us for the first time at the birth of the Lord Jesus.

People had a much more narrow view of divine love in the Old Testament. When Jonah received the call from God to go to Nineveh and preach repentance, he refused. He did not want God to love people other than the chosen people of Israel. But had God not already said to Abraham that all people on earth would be blessed through him?

God does not only speak of His love for us; He gives tangible evidence of it. People often abuse the word love. We can love a person with words, but it is more difficult to prove it in action. – God’s love, on the contrary, is true and simple; it is action and truth. He loved the world so much that He gave. He gave Himself. He gave us so much that He had nothing more to give; He gave everything. We as people act very differently. It may cost us some- thing when we show another person our love, but we usually hold back enough for ourselves. But God gave His all, His best, His only beloved Son, that “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

God desires that we give Him all the love in our heart; yes, He wants us, our entire beings. He yearns for our love. It is not our time and our abilities and our means that He desires most. All of that will not satisfy Him. God does not need our gifts or our service or our money. Really, He owns it all anyway! What He desires most is our hearts and our complete, undivided love. All we have to do is to come to Him in repentance and faith, and He then gives us forgiveness and eternal life in all its glory. Only when we approach the birthday of Jesus this way, focusing on God’s great love for us, can we celebrate Christmas properly.

Have you given yourself completely to the Savior? God wants to give you the best Christmas gift this year. He wants to give you His Son, because He loves you!

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