Boazís Willmore shares sermon on Godís love at Southeasterncomment (0)
January 2, 2003
God’s love is unique in the world, Roger Willmore said, because it finds those who are undeserving and motivates them to share love with others.
Willmore, pastor of First Baptist Church of Boaz, spoke at the Dec. 3 chapel service of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., from 1 John 3:1–3, a classical discourse on the love of God.
In chapters 3–5 alone the concept of love is referenced 46 times, Willmore said. John 3:1–3 specifically references three movements of God’s love, Willmore said. The first movement is that God’s love came down.
“This is a love that has come to us ... from somewhere else,” he preached. “You won’t find this kind of love in the world.”
Willmore pointed out that no one has ever, or will ever, deserve God’s love; it is freely given.
“Was I worthy of such love? The answer is no,” Willmore said. “When we did not love Him, He loved us.”
The second movement is that it lifts people up.
“We are called children of God, His family,” Willmore said.
This implies a personal relationship between God the Father and every single Christian — a relationship that is secured and sustained by the love of God, not by any Christian’s merit or good works, Willmore noted.
But this love that lifts and draws Christians into the family of God also means that those who follow Him will bear the “family resemblance” — clean and holy living, love for one another and a passion to reach the lost.
“We are living in a world that does not understand us, that rejects us,” Willmore said. “It’s because we bear resemblance to the Father; we are children of God.”
The third movement of God’s love is that it moves His children out into the world.
Willmore described God’s love as “captivating” and “motivating.”
Those who have been loved by God will be moved to share that love with a dying world, whether through the sharing of the gospel in evangelism, going around the world with missions efforts or lending a hand to the poor and the hungry.
“Surely [His love] should compel us to get into the world and live pure and holy lives for His honor and glory,” Willmore said. (SEBTS)