Ephesians 2 Lesson

God Loved Us First!

There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing that you are loved by God!  

With God’s love behind us, there is nothing that we cannot do, and no adversity we cannot overcome!

  • “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13.

God’s love is powerful!   Once  we understand the immense love that God has for us, we will worry less, and hope more. Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians:

  • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6.

Some people get so down on themselves that they wonder if God still loves them. This is a sad and lonely place to be. People that are in this position need our compassion, not our judgment.

If they have forgotten how much God loves them, we can share God’s Word with them to remind them! The Apostle John wrote:

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. ” – John 3:16.

Never has the world received such a gift! God sacrificed His Son because of His immeasurable love for us. That is what the first half of John 3:16 tells us. And the second half tells us that “EVERYONE who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life!”

It does not say some of the people who believe in Him will not perish.

It does not say that most of the people who believe in Him will not perish.

It says that ALL who believe in Him will not perish!

That is the good news of the Gospel! In fact, that is what the word “Gospel” means. It is derived from the Latin word “Evangelium” and the Greek word “Euangelion” meaning “good news” or “good telling.”

Other than blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, there is no sin too big that God will not forgive us if we turn to Him and repent. We are told this in Peter’s second epistle:

  • “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance .” – 2 Peter 3:9.

CONCLUSION

God loved us before we loved Him.  He loves us when we are lost, and He loves us when we are broken.  In return, He commands us to love Him back and to love others as we love ourselves.  These are the two greatest commandments.

His plan is for us to love one another and to take care of each other. Sometimes we can slip and become judgmental instead of compassionate. When others are struggling, the last thing they need is our judgment. Instead of judgment, we can show them the love of Jesus and remind them how much God loves them!

We will end today’s lesson with the following two scriptures:  

  1. ‘But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.  And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”   This is the great and foremost commandment.   The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”   On these two commandments depend the whole Law and Prophets.”’– Mathew 22:34-40.
  2. "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." – John 13:35.

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Dan

What infinite love has provided the Redeemer. Yes, our response to God's grace can be summed up in loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. So grateful for God's patience and love for us when we were yet in our sins.

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Rita

I am so thankful to our Lord for his love, grace, wisdom and encouragement. It’s been a rough two weeks for me and I have been asking God to help me from the pit. Thank you

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