In this sermon, part of a series on getting to know God, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith talks about letting God love you and how much God loves you. Here are some excerpts:

God is Love

“…Our text, 1 John 4:16 says, “We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.” Now, without question, the most talked about attribute of God is His love; and it is perhaps the most misunderstood,

In the first place, I want you to make a clear-cut distinction. Our text says that “God is love”. It does not say that “love is God.” Many liberals today would tell us that love is divine, but that is not so. There’s a crucial difference between saying, “My dog is a girl”, and saying, “My girl is a dog”!

When we say that “God is love”, it also does not mean that God lets me get away with murder; that I can do anything I want to do because God loves me.

When we say that “God is love”, we mean that God wants what is best for you. God is for you; He’s not against you. Now, if that is true, and it is, why then do so many people avoid God like the plague? The reason they do that is because of fear. They are afraid of what might happen if they give their life to God…”

How Much Does God Love You?

“…How much does God love you? Well, look at these wonderful verses, Ephesians 3:17-18 (Phi), “I pray that you may be able to grasp how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the love Christ…” Notice that there are four dimensions in this amazing love that Christ has for you – it’s “wide and long and high and deep”. So, let me tell you four ways in which this “love divine, all loves excelling” impacts your life…”

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

February 21, 1993

1 John 4:16

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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