The Bible provides an incredible picture of God that reveals His unending love and mercy, which draws our hearts to Him.
God delights to reveal Himself through nature, and the love we feel within a relationship. However, even all these incredible experiences and joys fall short of showing the whole picture of God’s love.
A DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE
It’s one thing to describe love, but another to show love through action. Fortunately for us, God does both: the Bible is the story of God’s love in action. In Genesis 3, we read how a perfect world was polluted by sin. Adam and Eve, the first humans, chose to exercise their freedom of choice and disobeyed God and followed their own inclinations.
This act of disobedience led to misery and the introduction of death not just to themselves but to future generations. You need not look too far to see the impact of sin and suffering in the world. However, even in the midst of any crises, God’s love is very clear.
With the entry of sin, the life God had planned for humanity changed dramatically— future generations would now experience difficulties and trials. Where there had once been blessings, now the very fabric of creation was cursed as a result of sin.
It’s important to note that God didn’t make these trials happen, but rather they were the result
of humankind utilising their freedom of choice and the natural world breaking down as a consequence of sin.
In allowing humankind to exercise their free choice, humanity began to understand the magnitude and results of sin.
Even though the world suffered the results of sin, God’s love can still be seen in the flowers that grow amid the thistles and the roses amongst the thorns. One glance from the window still reveals the beauty and character of God—He is still with us.
When you think of God, what or who, do you picture? Do you see a stern judge? A police officer?
Satan (God’s opponent) works to blind our mind’s eye from seeing all the good God has given to us, causing us to look at God in fear.
Satan has deceived many people into thinking that God’s main objective is to punish and inflict us with pain. This is a false picture of God: God is a God of love, and that’s exactly why Jesus came to earth—to actively demonstrate and reveal the incredible love God has for each of us.