The Kindness and Severity of God’s Love

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

This week we will be looking at the word that Ps Louis shared on Sunday titled ‘The Kindness and Severity of God’s Love’.

Firstly, it is important for us to be able to accept and receive the love of God. We need to understand that God’s love is complete and needs nothing. He chooses to love us for a favourable outcome for us all. He doesn’t love us for us to love Him back. He loves us unconditionally, expecting nothing. We need to be able to accept this unconditional love.

Secondly, we need to appreciate the kindness of God’s love. His heart breaks when we suffer. He sent His son to the world so that He could identify with our pain and suffering. He is so complete and perfect that the only way for Him to identify with us is to intentionally submit Himself to those feelings.

A less comfortable point is that God’s love is severe. God knows what is best for us and He loves us so much that He is not afraid to say no to us. There will be times in our lives when we will experience the discipline of God. This is not a sign that God is not for us. On the contrary, Hebrews 12:6 says that He “disciplines the one He loves”.

Finally, we need to share God’s love. He loved the world so much that He sent Jesus. Jesus loved the world so much that He sent us.

  • What does the ‘completeness of God’s love’ mean to you?
  • Do you view God’s love as kind?
  • Have you experienced the benefits of God’s discipline?