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   The Source of Perfect Love

Beloved, if God so love us, we ought also to love one another. 

 

As I study the lesson for this coming Sunday, I am reminded of the goodness, grace and mercy of God.  I remember His faithfulness to Israel and all of his people.  Also, I am inspired by the love God has demonstrated down through the ages towards all of his people all over the world.  This is a great time to be alive. Spring is approaching and it is March, 2017 in the year of our Lord. We are in the midst of experiencing another wonderful year of the amazing grace of God. 

 

Spring is swiftly approaching, flowers are beginning to bloom and we have entered a new season of preparation for the upcoming celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The 40 days of Lent has just begun and it is a great time to be alive and have another chance to lift holy hands, say amen, and just praise God.  There is no greater time to talk about the love of God which surpasses all of our understanding.

 

God’s love for his people can be clearly seen in everything he does throughout the Bible.  However, I believe, God’s love can be best understood by his people in the bible verse that states, “for God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son so that whosoever believe in Him would not perish, but would have everlasting life”.  

 

Man and woman sinned in the garden and fell out of their perfect relationship with God.  As a result of their sin in the garden, man and woman became the recipients of the wages of sin, which is death and eternal damnation.  To avoid the penalty for sin a redeemer was needed and a price would have to be paid to redeem man and woman back to God.  There was nothing either of them could do to pay the price for their sin.  They couldn’t work hard enough, couldn’t give enough, couldn’t do enough good, or anything else to pay the price for their sin debt before God.  They were destined to die and experience eternal damnation because of their sin in the garden, which was disobeying God and eating the forbidden fruit.  We are the descendants of Adam and Eve and have therefore inherited their sinful nature.  Like our forefathers, we have a natural inclination towards sin and are also living under the penalty of sin. 

 

During the days of Moses (Old Testament), a sacrificial offering was made to cleanse the people of their sins.  This ritualistic system of sacrifice worked well throughout the Old Testament times.  Animals such as, bulls, rams, doves and others were offered to pay the price for sin.  That system served its purpose well for a while, but the sacrifices had to repeated over and over again and only certain priest that were considered ritually clean were allowed to make the sacrifices for the people. That system got too complicated and almost impossible for the people to follow and adhere to all of the rules and regulations. 

 

The best part of the old sacrificial system was that it served to help God’s people identify sin.  With the coming of Jesus Christ the old system of sacrifice became essentially obsolete and was replaced by Jesus Christ the ultimate sacrificial Lamb of God, who paid the price for sin once and for all times when Jesus died on Calvary's cross and arose again.  Jesus' death on the cross was the price that was paid for the remission of sins for all who will believe that he is indeed the son of God.  But, one may ask, "where is the love?"

 

The Questions follows:

 

Write a One page Essay incorporating answers to the following questions:

 

1.    How is God “The Source of Perfect Love”? and

2.    Why should we love one another?

 

Commit the following Bible verses to memory.

 

Bible Concepts to Know

 

Paul's Letter to the Romans

While we were yet sinners Christ Died for our sins.  That's love.

 

John' Gospel

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe on him would not perish but would have ever lasting life.  That's love.

 

Paul's Letter to the Galatians

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son in the form of a man, born of a woman, under the law. 

 

John's Gospel

A new commandment I give you is that you love one anothe as I have loved you.

 

Concluding Thoughts:  He didn’t have to do it but he did.  At the perfect time, In the fullness of time, God sent his son into the world to die for our sins so that we could share in the glory of being a part of his family, which is the household of faith.  Believers and whosoever will believe, please know this. Christ has paid the price for your sin debt and you are free from the bondage that is sin.  You are redeemed.  You are saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  Adoption, royalty, salvation, eternal life is your lot in life. Now that’s love…and love never fails.

 

Shouldn’t we love one another as God has commanded us to do?

 

 

Sylvia B. Collins - Sunday Teacher

 

 

 

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