God's Love To Non-Christians. 02/23/2014 (Morning thought)

1st Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

The Bible is full of evidences that God loves us, whether we be Christians or not. His unbiased love is displayed day after day in the way He treats every member of the human family, not only in the offering of salvation through Jesus Christ, but also in His kindness which is renewed every morning to the inhabitants of Earth. This is what is clearly stated in our passage of scripture for today, and is re-iterated elsewhere in the Bible. Let's read:

  Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

2nd Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

By these and many more similar texts, the love of God for everyone is confirmed, and is extended to us on a daily basis. However, there is one thing we need to understand, that His kingdom is founded upon principles and laws that are given for the good of everyone, and since we all are intelligent, free moral agents, He grants to all the freedom to serve Him or not. God does not bear grudges against the human family, and if a person should choose not to serve Him, He does not then withdraw His love. Instead He redoubles His efforts to save to the uttermost, those who do not know Him, for the Bible says "Where sin did abound, grace did much more abound".

The current, popular concept that God's love for us absolves us from keeping His laws, is neither correct nor scriptural. The Biblical measure of our love to God is obedience, not emotion or feeling. That's why John was inspired to write the following verses:

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1st John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

We need to be careful lest we succumb to the fatal sophistry, that God's love for the human family translates into us doing whatsoever we will, without regards to the statutes and principles upon which His government is based. He extends to all salvation full and free, and invites everyone to come into a saving relationship with Himself. If we do, He has given us assurance that no one will be rejected, but will rather be granted the wherewithal to stay the course with Him until Jesus comes to claim His own. We therefore end with a mighty promise for  Christians, non-Christians, neighbors, friends and anyone from any religion, who is willing to let God be the supreme ruler of their lives. Let's read:

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

May this be our experience today and always. God bless!