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The Love of God

John 3:16-18
16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

1. The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure-
The saints' and angels' song.

2. When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God's love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam's race-
The saints' and angels' song.

Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure-
The saints' and angels' song.

3. Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

"The Love of God," by F. M. Lehman.
Verse 3 was penciled on the wall of a narrow room in an insane asylum by a man said to have been demented. The profound lines were discovered when they laid him in his coffin.

God So Loved the World

God's love is not limited to Americans.  He loves all nations, tribes, tongues and peoples.

God's love is not limited to the rich and famous.  It is not limited to the beautiful or the talented.  God loves everyone.

God's love is not limited to the young, or to the old.

God's love is not limited to the "good" people.  Even terrible sinners are the subject of God's love. 

God's love is not even limited to Christians.  God loves deeply the Muslims, Hindus, atheists and others of the world.

God loves every person on the face of the earth. He died on the cross for every one.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

There is nothing we can do to make God love us more, there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. Philip Yancey

The poorest of the poor are those who feel that they are unloved. Mother Teresa

The phrase "The World" also shows the sufficiency of God's love.  He has effectual love for everyone.

He has the power to effectually love every person on the earth.  He is omnipotent. He can meet any need a person may have.

He has the knowledge to effectually love every person on the earth.  He is omniscient.  He knows what is best for each and every one of us.

He has the resources to effectually love every person on the earth.  He owns all things.  He has the means to provide whatever we need.

"He gave His one and only Son" - His love is unlimited in willingness to meet the ultimate need of people.  Christ was even was willing to die for us. And He has consistently and diligently reached out to the world with the Salvation He purchased on the cross.

God's love is not limited by time
"Eternal life." For the believer, the love of God will never end. 

The love of God can be hindered by only one thing - Unbelief that results in unforgiven sin. 
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

Despite all of God's love, despite all of His efforts, despite all of willingness to save us, the unbelieving soul will perish, and will be separated from God and His love forever.


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