But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,Titus 3:4(NASB)
God's highest expression of love is rooted in His eternal plan of redemption. Christ was appointed by the Father to fulfil His plan of salvation and to secure it by the sacrifice of His righteous life through the spilling of His holy blood on Calvary's Tree - all because of God's great loving-kindness, His sweet tender-compassion and His eternal goodness, grace and mercy.
There is no shadow of change in the Godhead, but it was the gracious plan of salvation that manifested the depth of His tremendous love towards us, which stands starkly silhouetted on time's horizon and the orbit of eternity. Divinity's love stands in naked contradistinction to the dismal picture of man's insufficient and twisted love. The love of God for mankind appeared in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ Who laid down His life for the sin of the whole world.
How very different from humanity's pathetic, philanthropic love; women's stupid, selfish love or man's hackneyed, obsessive love and dominating lust. Christ's life-giving, divine love streamed out to all mankind in blood - on a wooden cross, 2000 years ago and its streaming flood is as effective today as it was in that day when His hands were pierced for our transgressions and He took the full flood of God's wrath upon Himself, in our stead.
He gave us life; the Spirit of life; newness of life; eternal life and abundant life because of the depth of His loving-kindness and sweetest compassion. Because of the greatness of God's love for humanity, He stretched wide His arms of love and willingly gave up His life for His friends - for you and for me.
In the light of His great love how silly to contemplate that any of our 'good deeds' or 'righteous living' could contribute so much as one droplet to the overflowing fountain of God's eternal, life-giving love for His children.
Salvation in all it guises comes through Christ alone for He was appointed by the Father of love to fulfil God's wonderful plan of salvation through the justification, sanctification and glorification - on behalf of all who simply would trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.
Thank You Father for Your Love towards me, and for the abundance of Your gift of Life, which is simply through faith in the Person of the Lord Jesus and His work on the cross. I pray that in the power of the Spirit of love I may live my life in a way that is pleasing to You so that through me Your life-giving love may stream out to those that are lost and hurting, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.