More or Less
 
Can God love you more than how He loves you already? No.  What if I do more “Good Works” will He then love me more? No.  
What about the opposite, can God love you less than how He loves you already? No.  What if I sin, will God love me any less? No.
If you have siblings or have raised children, sometimes they think that Mom or Dad loves the sibling more than themselves. Most parents quickly say no when that discussion comes up. The thoughts are there however, that love comes and goes.
 
John 3:16 (ESV) 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
God’s gift of sending Jesus to die on the cross for the forgiveness of sins for the whole world, is for all people. You may ask what about those who are joining the devil in hell? They have rejected the love that comes from God. It isn’t that God didn’t love them, but that they said no to God’s love. Jesus, three verses later, adds this...
John 3:19 (ESV) 19 ‘And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”
 
People loved the darkness of sin more than the light of forgiveness of Jesus. So it is the people who reject Jesus, not that Jesus no longer loves the people.
Luther notes in his explanation to the Lord’s Prayer, The Fourth Petition: Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
 
Why does God give daily bread even to evil people? Because He loves them and He desires all people to be with Him in heaven above.
1 John 4:16 (ESV) 16 “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
 
God doesn’t love me any more and God doesn’t love me any less, for God is love.

Pastor Balla



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