A very long time ago, There was a boy that lived next door to us. At
that time he was about twelve years old, the youngest of several
children. He lived with his mother, who was seldom home, and his
grandmother, who could be seen daily chasing after Andy, hitting
him with a broom handle for his wrong doings.
Andy was the neighborhood bully, and often got into scrapes with my
some reason he seemed to enjoy hanging out at our home. On
one of these occasions, I was preparing to go into town to pay
bills and buy groceries. The paycheck was cashed and in my
purse, I just needed to finish dressing my infant daughter
was drinking a coke, and I noticed Andy was looking at that coke
as if it were gold. I didn't have another, so I asked him if
he'd like to have mine. He looked surprised, but he didn't
he finished the coke, I told him I was leaving soon, and it was
time for him to go. As he went out the door something about the
dejected way he looked made me call out "Andy", and
when he turned back to look at me, I simply said "Andy, I
15 minutes later, there was a knock at my back door. I opened it
to find Andy standing there. He had a fist full of
money......and a face full of tears.
that money into my hands, telling me he had taken it from my
purse while I was in another room for a moment. OUR WHOLE
PAYCHECK, and I hadn't even missed it yet!!
him why he returned it. His answer?
"You told me you loved me….and I know you do because you
gave me your coke. No one in my whole life has ever done that
is an old song, "What the world needs now is love, sweet
love. That's the only thing that there's too little of."
is another old country song that says, "Looking for love in
all the wrong places. Looking for love in all the wrong
faces." The reason people are looking for love in all the
wrong places is because they really do not understand where love
can be found and yet God has so constructed the human being that
all of us need love. If we don't find it in the normal places,
many times, unfortunately, we look for that love in some other
designed the human heart to need love. An automobile is designed
so that it has to have oil in order to function correctly. If
the engine doesn't have oil, it won't run right nor will it run
for long without it. God has made your heart in such a way that
you need love. If you do not get love, you do not function
properly and you won't function efficiently without love. We are living in a world that is starving for
love, and many are looking for love in all the wrong places.
It's true that what the world needs now IS love and some of you
in this room understand that ultimately where you have to go to
find love is God Himself.
3:16 say's "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."
that's the greatest statement in the entire Bible concerning the
love of God. Think about what this scripture is saying—the
greatest reality—God. He talks about the greatest experience—love.
He talks about the greatest group of people—the world. He
talks about the greatest experience you can have—believing on
the Lord. He talks about our greatest danger—to perish. And
our greatest hope—have everlasting life. But the primary
thought of this verse of Scripture is the wonderful amazing love
you experienced the love of God? Do you really understand that
every one of you in this room—God loves you and He loves you
in an individual and in a personal way.
many things about God. We know that God is a God of wrath. He
that God is a God of justice. Would not the God who created all
the earth do right?
fundamental assertion in the Bible, if you don't understand
anything else about God, is God is love. Twice, I John makes
that simple little statement. God is love.
look at that scripture closely. It's starts with….
love is not like that leaking faucet in your kitchen—just a
drop or two along. The love of God is like a fountain that flows
and it never runs dry.
31:3 quotes God by saying, "I have loved thee with an
everlasting love." The word literally means from
vanishing point to vanishing point. My grandkids would put it
this way—out of sight! God is saying, "I love you with an
out of sight love." He loves you with an eternal love. Do
you see what that says to you and me? That says that there is
nothing that we can do that will cause God to love us. If God
loved us before we were ever born. then we didn't have to do
anything to get God to love us. Yet a lot of folks seem to think
they have to try to get God to love them. That they have to try
to earn God's love or merit God's love or deserve God's love.
No. God loves you with an everlasting love. He loves you from
you with an "everlasting love."
also means that God loves you with a future love. There will
never be a time when God won't love you. Think about that. When
the stars fall from their sockets or when the planets quit
spinning in their orbit and when this earth is no more, God
says, "I will still love you." If God loves you in
eternity past there was nothing you could do to get God to love
you. Then, if God loves you forever in eternity future that
means there is nothing you can do that will stop God from loving
you. That is an INCREDIBLE love.
John 3:16 continues by saying:
SO LOVED THE WORLD.
BILLION PEOPLE OF THE WORLD….like the song I learned as a
child…."red and yellow, black and white...they're all
precious in His sight."
gets pretty incredible when you think about what kind of people
make up this world. I read things that I will never be able to
understand. I read about a live-in boyfriend who takes a
six-month-old child and sexually abuses it and give it AIDS. I
read in the newspaper about a drunken father who takes his child
and to stop it from crying, takes its little hand and puts it
over a gas stove and burns its fingers off. Does God love people
like that? Does God love people who do things like that? There
are no restrictions on this statement. It says, for God so loved
you don't know what I've done." No, I don't know what
you've done, but I know what God says. God says He loves you.
"You don't know how bad I've been." No, I don't know
how bad you've been and I don't need to know how bad you've
been. But God knows, and regardless of how bad you've been, God
says, "I love you with an everlasting love."
don't walk out of this room with anything else today I want you
to walk out of here saying, "Jesus loves me. I am precious
to God. God loves me." That is an INCREDIBLE love. God
loves you with an incredible, UNCONDITIONAL love.
Loves you with an INDISPUTABLE love. You can't dispute it. You
can't doubt it.
SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY
gift of God's Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for this world
puts the love of God beyond dispute.
four children and five grandkids. Believe me...I know the depths
of the love a parent has for a child. My oldest son is 41 years
old. When he was 18 his drug addiction led to armed robbery,
which led him to the Oregon State Pen. He's been out now for
several years...but not free. There are worse prisons than a
jail cell, and his is heroin. His is not the lifestyle that a
mother wishes for her child. But I love him with all my heart,
and as much as I love God, if He told me, right this minute,
that I could save the world by allowing my boy to be killed, I
really don't think the world would stand much of a chance at
loved the world so much that he was willing to allow Jesus to be
ridiculed, humiliated and finally to die nailed to a cross as a
sacrifice for OUR sins. MY SINS...YOUR SINS.
WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVER
want to go to heaven when you die? I have never met any person I
thought had normal intelligence who didn't say, "Yes, I
would like to go to heaven when I die." There is only one
way for sinners like me and you to ever got to heaven. That's to turn from our sins and by faith invite Jesus
Christ into our heart and into our life.
you to please accept God's gift of love to you…. to get down
on your knees and accepted Jesus as your personal Savior….or
let your heart whisper to Him, that you accept His incredible,
indisputable, unconditional, everlasting gift of love.
hear, because the only thing we have to do to reap the benefits
of God's great sacrifice is to Believe in Him. To believe that
Jesus is the Son of God, that he died so that we might be saved.
Doesn't seem like much of a price for eternal life with God,
14:27 says "I am leaving you with a gift---peace of mind
and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world
gives. So don't be troubled or afraid."
you listen, You will hear Jesus whisper, "I love you."
His peace for you