October 17, 2008
This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
When we think of God, one of the first things that comes to mind is His love. No human can love us as much as God does. His love reaches to the farthest corners of the universe. It is nearly impossible to fathom how great it is.
God's love for us goes way beyond the natural love a father has for his children. God loves us even when we are rebelling and obstinate. Every person has inherited a sinful nature. That's part of what makes sin very attractive. You can observe this fact in action the next time you hang out with your friends. Are you ever called names because you won't do something good or right? Not likely. But, friends and classmates will tease you and call you names for not joining them in an activity that is wrong or hurtful. It's harder to do the right thing than it is to follow the crowd and do something wrong and sinful.
Because of our natural attraction to sin, we are not God's friends, but His enemies. However, He loved us so much that He sacrificed the life of His Son. Paul puts it this way in Romans 5:7-8, "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
If God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to save us, He will absolutely care for us in every possible way. He will make sure we have what we need to grow and mature-both physically and spiritually. God's love makes it possible for us to know peace even when things are difficult. God loves us perfectly and never allows us to suffer unless it fulfills a part of His great plan for our lives. He uses both the good and bad things we experience to make us mature and spiritually whole.
What a treasure we have in the promise God gave us in John 3:16! "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."
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us more than we can comprehend. Thank You for the gift of redemption through Your Son. Amen.
Biography of Author:
Ashraf Fekry is a 20-year-old college student in dental school. He lives in Cairo and has a special interest in computers, particularly with Photoshop software.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries