God is love. It’s a simple statement, but has profound ramifications. Love can only exist when there is freedom. But freedom entails risk. And so God created all His intelligent beings free to choose to love Him, risking rejection in the process.
When Satan rejected God, God didn’t destroy him. When humans rejected God, He didn’t reject us. Instead, He sent his Son to reconcile us to Him. Not to force us to reconcile with Him, but to give us the choice to love Him if we decide to do so.
Jesus' is the best example of what authentic love looks like in a world that has rejected God. He served the weak, championed the marginalized, healed the sick and loved the outcasts. And then, in the ultimate expression of love, He died for everyone – whether or not they loved Him. But God’s love isn’t about yesterday, it’s about now. Billions of people today find acceptance, strength, purpose and hope in the loving arms of God. And, we look forward to when Jesus returns to take us to live with Him in a world where evil will not exist – a world where love rules, because God rules.
So who is God? God is love.
In a world where every day there are thousands of things competing for our attention, I’m glad you’ve taken a few minutes to learn who Seventh-day Adventists are. Adventists believe life is more than just the accumulation of ‘stuff.’ It’s about more than just surviving. It means more than simply maximising pleasure and minimising pain.
Why do we have value? Because every human is miraculously crafted by God who wants us to live life to the full. What’s more, He sent His Son to demonstrate true love, forgiveness, grace and...