The measurement of divine love
God is the source of love, and His great love for mankind is declared often in the Scriptures.

Jesus sums it up in the often-quoted words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This passage declares both the existence of God and the Nature of God. The core truth of it are the two words: “God” and “Loved.” That’s the very nature of God!
This short verse is perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible. It’s been called the Golden Text of the Bible. Rightfully so, for John 3:16 briefly summarizes the central message of the Bible. It is the Bible in miniature. It is the gospel in a nutshell. Here Jesus proclaimed the marvelous love of God. It’s likely to pop up anywhere and everywhere – from lips of little children – to signs in football stadiums – these distinguish it as the most well-known passage in Scripture.
The Apostle John recorded these words of Jesus for us, and it’s not an accident that he also wrote the words of 1 John 4:7-11 that expound these truths more deeply. First, in 1 John 4:7-8 (KJV) he asserts that God is love, “7 Beloved let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
We must recognize that our ability to love actually begins with God “for God is love.” There are many ways that He shows us His love for mankind. For example, we see His love: in the Creation; the giving of the Bible; In purposing the scheme of redemption by which man would be drawn back into fellowship with Him; by establishing the church; by the promise of Heaven; and in innumerable ways. However, the supreme manifestation is the gift of His Son for our sins.
In a passage very similar to John 3:16, John writes: 1 John 4:9-11 (KJV) 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation (Atoning sacrifice) for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” We are to believe, contemplate, admire, and reciprocate this love of God. Over and again, Scripture attests to His love.
Using John 3:16 As our template, may we look at the measurements of divine love. How much did God love us? The Scripture says He “so loved.” If a husband were to say to his wife, “I love you so much!” She would understand that he is stating a significant degree of love.
“SO LOVED” suggests the extent, the degree to which God went to show divine love.
“THE WORLD” defines the objects of God’s love: John 3:16 tells us – ...God loved the world so much that “He gave His only begotten Son....”
“THAT HE GAVE his only begotten Son” is the supreme manifestation of God’s love.
“THAT WHOSOEVER” shows the impartiality of God’s love.
“BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish but have everlasting life” defines the avenue through which the blessings of God’s love are enjoyed!

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