Standing Amazed at God’s Glory

A Celebration of God’s Love

Text: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” (Ephesians 2:4). “Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself; how I praise you! (Psalm 63:3).

Introduction: We are now after Easter, fifty days from Pentecost where Jesus sent the Holy Ghost as the Comforter. He has been with us ever since. When Christ said: “It is finished.” He meant exactly that. God had done all that he could do to save mankind and show his love. God set down his instructions, in the Ten Commandments, in the Laws of Moses, in His Word, and in the Supreme Sacrifice of His Son. He then left us to decide for ourselves to believe and serve him when the Holy Spirit beckons us. God as much as said: “I have done all that I can do. The rest is up to you to accept or reject my love.”

  1. A Celebration of God’s Love.

It is the love of God that draws us to explore his nature and character. Thus, to worship effectively we begin by standing amazed at God’s love.

(1) Celebrating the Power of God’s Love.

Love is power. It can unite, heal and comfort; it can edify and bring calm; it can create a climate of joy and peace. And because God is infinite in his power as well as his love, his love is infinitely powerful. God’s love touches every aspect of our lives. Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to anyone. How rich is the power of God’s infinite love! Praise the Lord!

(2) Celebrating the Extent of God’s Love.

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts (lives) by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all Saints what is the width, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 17-19). The measure of love is how much we give of ourselves, and the measure of God’s love is the gift of himself and his only Son to be made flesh, and to die for our sins, and to become the only mediator who can bring us completely to our Heavenly Father.

(3) Celebrating the Prominence of God’s Love.

If we ask the question, “Who Is God?” The Bible provides three very specific answers: first, “For God Is Spirit,” (John 4:24); second, “God Is Light,” (I John 1:5); and third, “God Is Love,” (I John 4:8). Fully, one third of God’s nature is biblically described in the terms of love.

(4) Celebrating the Design of God’s Love.

There is a design or purpose for God’s love. The design and purpose of God’s love was to establish a personal, intimate relationship with his creation. It is a personal, intimate thing. God does not love populations, he loves people. Love leads one to desire and delight in another, and reaches its greatest potential in a loving relationship in which each lives in the life of the other. What a joy it is to know God loves us with an unending love. Praise the Lord!

Conclusion: No one can experience or express true love until we experience God’s True Love. You can tell that you have passed from death unto life; because you love the brethren. (Who is my brother? Who is my neighbor?)

**Our Praise for God’s Love: Lord, the essence of Your existence is Love. We rejoice in the realization that you take great delight in loving us. We are overwhelmed that we are the object of your passionate devotion of love. We praise you, O Lord for your loving kindness. Amen.