And hope does not disappoint us, becauseGod has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5
Most of you, I'm sure, are familiar with Romans 1:20, where we read, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
Now, when we think of God's omnipotence and holiness being seen in the creation, we often think of such things as the beautiful sunset, the magnificent Grand Canyon, the exquisite roses and orchids or the innumerable stars twinkling in the night's sky. Personally, I am awed by our Creator's power just looking at little chickadees flying to and from our bird feeder in sub-zero temperature in the winter.
But have you ever stopped and considered how marvelously God has revealed his divine nature through the way animals instinctively care for and protect their young? Through this wonder, we can see the sacrificial love that God has for His children. In fact, God alludes to it in Deuteronomy 32:11, where He likens Himself as an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.
For us human beings, in addition, He has given the ability to love beyond parental care. Somehow, we all love someone and we all want to be loved. Here again, God is displaying one of His invisible qualities through us creatures, inasmuch as God is love and He has made us in His image.
What makes mankind all the more unique is that at one time or another, most of us fall in love with another person. There is something very special about being deeply in love. We literally think of the object of our love day and night, we want to spend as much time with that person as possible, and we find it a joy to do our best to please that person. Through this, God has enabled us to experience a hint of His love for believers. But I believe He is also showing us what He means when He commands us to love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength.
With sin multiplying in these end-time days, love in the world has been much corrupted of late by lust and selfishness. This has resulted in all kinds of broken relationships and heartaches. But thankfully, God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. More than ever before, therefore, we believers should glorify God by loving one another in deed and in truth. And more than ever before, we should love our neighbors as ourselves by bringing the gospel to them with deep sincerity.
First Quarter, 1996Tom Holt, Editor
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