We live in a culture that revels in the truth that God is love and that God loves them, but that is not all God is. Humanism coupled with post-modernism has created such a culture of comprimise that we believe because God is love and God loves us, we are in a relationship with Him. But that is just not true. Presidents, Pastors, celebrities and people say “I love you”, but do you have a relationship with them? They speak it out to a large group of people, so all can hear it, but you do not know them and they do not know you. Therefore, the question is, what does it mean that they love you? What does it mean that God loves you? Does the truth that God loves you, cause you to follow Him? Does that truth prompt to you to spend time with Him? Or is it just another phrase we use to comfort ourselves in our sin?
God did not just say, I love you, according to the apostle John who walked with, talked with, ate with, Jesus. John said, “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5-10)
Yes God is love and He loves you, but that is an invitation to be in a relationship with Him, not a bumper sticker for your car or a placard to raise at a football game. But God is also Light, He is Truth, He is Life, and He invites us with love to come and follow Him out of darkness into Light, out of death into Life and from believing lies into Truth. I pray you accept the invitation to follow Him, for where He wants to lead you is greater than anywhere sin wants you to go. I pray you choose to follow Jesus!