- Phone: (813) 655-7431
- Meeting Address:
15326 Fishhawk Blvd. Lithia, FL 33547
- Saturday: 5 pm
- Sunday: 8, 9:30, & 11:15 am.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. - 1 John 4:9
Imagine if you created everything. The sun. The moon. Earth. The stars. The galaxies. The whole universe. Then you decided to create human beings. Why? Because you are love and you wanted to share love and share life with them. But, then your creation turned their backs on you. What would you do? The reasonable thing would be to end the relationship, or simply move on.
But this God promised to stop at nothing to restore what was broken, to show us his relentless, unconditional love by saving us. 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. That means everything from Creation to Christmas to the Cross was fueled by, motivated from, drenched in love for us. God wanted to show how much he loves us that 2,000 years ago he sent his Son for us so that we could have life!
God stopped at nothing to show you his love. It’s the greatest love story of all time. It means there is no sin too big, no past too dark, no hurt too deep, that will keep God from loving you! But then, what’s most amazing is that Jesus then gives a radical new command to his followers. He says in John 13:34: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
This may be where the journey gets real for us. Just like Jesus loved us, we are called to be ambassadors of his love and love those around us. Our family. Our friends. Our in-laws. Our neighbors. Even our enemies. It’s impossible to truly love God and hate people. Here are the words from 1 John 4:20-21:
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Just as Jesus stopped at nothing to show us his love, we are called to love others! By this, the world will know we are his disciples (John 13:35).