This is how God showed his love for us: God sent God’s only Son into the world so we might live through Him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that God loved us and sent God’s Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. – 1 Jn 4:9–12 MSG
A pastor once told me the story of a couple who separated after having tremendous marital difficulties. The wife moved out, and at first the husband didn’t even attempt to locate her. However, the pastor and his church family lead the man to Christ and he began to realize that he had not been a good husband. Finally, after a prolonged search, he found his wife two counties over.
He wrote her letters for several months, but she did not respond. As Christmastime approached, he decided to go to the motel where she had been living and ask her to come home. To his delight she agreed to go with him, and they began to work on repairing their relationship. He later asked her why she agreed to go with him. She said, “Before, you just sent letters. This time you came personally.”
If God had not taken the initiative to bring about our salvation, no one would be saved. But God’s love was so great that God sent God’s Son to be the sinless sacrifice to purchase our redemption. This is the foundation of our salvation. Jesus left Heaven and came to find the lost so that we could have a restored relationship with God.
Today’s Growth Principle:
God did not wait for us to come to God—instead God sent God’s Son to seek and to save us.