Devotional: ‘The Love of God’

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When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. “And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?” he asked one. “I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” was the reply. Another said, “I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ.” Others gave different answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, “All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ”. (Source Unknown)

Why is it important that it be the love of Christ that compels us to tell others about Him and not merely a sense of duty? If we share the gospel out of duty, it will come across as a duty and those who do not know Christ will not be drawn to Him. No one wants to be a statistic or number. Everyone wants to be loved and therefore what they need to know first and foremost is that Christ loves them.

Jesus told Nicodemus –

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Nicodemus wanted to talk about miracles, but Jesus wanted to talk about love. “Nicodemus, do you realize how much God loves you? Do you realize how much God loves the entire world? God loves the world so much that He sent Me to come and be the Savior.”

It was with that same thought that the Apostle Paul wrote –

2 Corinthians 5:14 For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: if One died for all, then all died. 15 And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.  CSB

The Bible says- “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). All that we are as a believer can be traced back to God’s great love.

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