OH, WHAT LOVE HE HAS FOR US!!!

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Many men are turned off by “church” because of the way it has become feminized in these last forty years.  Some of the contemporary songs and images of God’s love does not connect with the average man.  Take for instance the concept of divine romance.  The combination of these two concepts does not excite the average “Joe the Construction Worker.”   Let’s face it, men don’t respond very well to, “Jesus, lover of my soul,” and “I want to fall in love with You.”  If we want more biblical masculinity in our churches, then maybe we should stop condoning these depictions of God as some ethereal Elvis Presley or a majestic Marvin Gaye.  God has not revealed Himself in Scripture as some helpless romantic.

So is there a love, other than romantic love, that calls men to repentance and accountability?  Can there be something stronger than romantic love?  Is there a love that challenges men to be spiritual leaders in their home, church and community?  YES, it is called Biblical love.

In the OT book of Hosea, God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute and have children with her.  God told Hosea to do this to provide His people with a vivid picture of His kind of love.  No, this was not romantic love, but a commitment to love no matter how unfaithful Israel was.  What kind of person would commit himself to an unfaithful spouse?  What kind of love is that?  Biblical love.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God…” (1 John 3:1 ESV).  Do we know for sure it wasn’t romantic love?  Well, don’t take my word, let the Bible answer that question: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16) – no romance there.  By this we KNOW love {Biblical love}… that HE laid down His life for us… (1 John 3:16a).  Romantic love?  NO, that’s not love!

OH, what love He has for us, that He would give His life… that’s love

Jesus went to Calvary to save a wretch like you and me… that’s love

They hung Him high, stretch His wide, He hung His head, for us He died… that’s love

But that’s not how the story ends because in three days HE rose again… that’s love

OH what love He has for Us!!!

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