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Love of God


God’s Love

        One day a single friend asked a father of four, “Why do you love your kids?” The father thought for a minute, but the only answer he could come up with was “Because they’re mine.”

        The children had no need to do anything to prove themselves to this father. He took them just as they were. So it is with God’s love for us. He loves us as we are, and it is his love that motivates us to trust and obey him in return. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching


God’s Love

        The love of God is like the Amazon River flowing down to water one daisy. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching


God’s Love

        I asked Jesus how much he loved me. He stretched out his arms and said, “This much”—and died. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching


God’s Love

        A father was tucking in his six-year-old son for the night. The father asked him, “Son, when does Daddy love you the most? When you’ve been fighting with your sister and getting into a lot of trouble? Or when you’ve been real helpful to Mommy and real nice to everyone?”

        The son thought for a moment and then said, “Both times!”

        “Right,” the father said, “and do you know why?”

        “Cause I’m your special guy,” replied the boy. For that was his daddy’s pet name for him, “Daddy’s Special Guy.” The boy knew his father loved him, no matter what, because he was “Daddy’s Special Guy.”

        God loves us the same way. He loves us unconditionally because we are his “special guys.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching


God’s Love

        On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for him.— C.S. Lewis



        Long ago, a poor woman from the slums of London was invited to go with a group of people for a holiday at the ocean. She had never seen the ocean before, and when she saw it, she burst into tears. Those around her thought it was strange that she should cry when such a lovely holiday had been given her. “Why in the world are you crying?” they asked. Pointing to the ocean she answered, “This is the only thing I have ever seen that there was enough of.”

        God has oceans of mercy. There is enough of it-and God delights to show his mercy and compassion (Micah 7:19). ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching



        The story has been told of a mother who sought from Napoleon the pardon of her son. The emperor said it was the man’s second offense, and justice demanded his death. “I don’t ask for justice,” said the mother. “I plead for mercy.”

        “But,” said the emperor, “he does not deserve mercy.”

        “Sir,” cried the mother,” it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask.”

        “Well, then,” said the emperor, “I will show mercy.” And her son was saved. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching



        The story is told of a politician who, after receiving the proofs of a portrait, was very angry with the photographer. He stormed back to the photographer and arrived with these angry words: “This picture does not do me justice!” the photographer replied, “Sir, with a face like yours, you don’t need justice, you need mercy!” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching



        It is our misery that calls forth God’s mercy.

        A parent knows how this is. When a child is suffering from a severe cold with a sore throat, runny nose, severe congestion, and assorted aches and pains, and all he can do is throw his arms around your neck and cry-what does this evoke in you as a parent?

        It awakens your pity, and you reach out and try to relieve the child’s distress in any way you possibly can. Why? Because his misery has called forth your mercy. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching



Note the following seven points in relation to the forgiving love of God:--

Ⅰ. Unmerited in its bestowment (Col.1:12-14).

Ⅱ. Divine, in its source (Psalm 130:4).

Ⅲ. Costly, in its purchase (Eph.1:7).

Ⅳ. Free, in its manner (Rom.3:24,25).

Ⅴ. Full, in its extent (Psalm 103:3).

Ⅵ. Practical, in its outcome (Luke 7:42).

Ⅶ. Known, in the experience (1.John 2:12).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings



Ⅰ. Unmerited in its Object (1. John 4:10).

Ⅱ. Unsought in its Action (Rom.5:8).

Ⅲ. Universal in its Offer (John 3:16).

Ⅳ. Unbounded in its Work (Eph.2:4).

Ⅴ. Unknown in its Nature (Eph.3:19).

Ⅵ. Unbroken in its Ministry (Rom.8:39).

Ⅶ. Unending in its Character (Jer.31:3).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings



There is a sevenfold cord of love between the Father and the Son, mentioned in the Gospel according to John.

Ⅰ. Committal of Love. “ The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand” (John 3:35).

Ⅱ. Complacency of Love. “ Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life” (John 10:17).

Ⅲ. Communion of Love. “ As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you” (John 15:9).

Ⅳ. Co-equality of Love. “ Thou……hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me” ( John 17:23).

Ⅴ. Character of Love. Eternal. “ Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24).

Ⅵ. Constrainment of Love. “ The love wherewith thou hast loved Me may be in them” (John 17:26).

Ⅶ. Communication of Love.” The Father loveth the Son and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth” ( John 5:20).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings



1. John 3:1.

The manner of His love —

Ⅰ. He loves as a Father (1. John 3:1). Heartily.

Ⅱ. He loves as a Mother (Gen.25:28). Tenderly.

Ⅲ. He loves as a Bridegroom (Gen.24:67). Earnestly.

Ⅳ. He loves as a Brother ( John 15:9).  Affectionately.

Ⅴ. He loves as a Shepherd (Luke 15:4-6). Perseveringly.

Ⅵ. He loves as a Husband (Eph.5:25). Devotedly.

Ⅶ. He loves as a Sister (John 11:32). Sincerely.

Ⅷ. He loves as a Friend (Prov.17:17). Constantly.

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings