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God's Love Made The Great Difference

Updated on September 6, 2011

God’s Love Made The Great Difference

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us , God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realmsin Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2: 1 - 7

We were once hellbound and spiritually dead.We were once living lives alienated from God and away from His loving presence. We were once very far from His ways and righteousness.We once lived as children of disobedience, seeking our own glory and living for ourselves, gratifying the sinful cravings of our flesh.For we were once living outside the kingdom of Godwithout a living relationship with the Great and Awesome God of the Universe.

But one day, God in His mercy, reaches out for us.The Gospel of the Kingdom made a way to penetrate into our lives. God opened our eyes to see our depravity and sinfulness. When we realized our sinfulness we embrace the cross of JesusChrist. That is the day when we found God’s love. God’s love, that is the one that made a great difference in our lives. We will never be the same again after experiencing God’s unconditional love. We have never seen such love before which embraced the worst in us. Inspite of all our filthiness, of all our carnalities, of all our vileness, of all our abominable acts, we are loved and forgiven and were given a new beginning. Not only that, we receive bountiful promises of being heir of the coming everlasting Kingdom of God. God’s love made agreat difference for us, who were once bound for eternal doom, are now looking forward to a very glorious eternal future.

It is indeed God’s love that made a very great difference in the life of Giovanni, a once extreme student activist.It was during the 1960s when Giovanni became deeply involved in student activism. He joined various rallies and demonstrations calling out for the destabilization of the government.When then President Marcos declared “Martail Law”in 1972, Giovannijoinedthe New People’s Army armed struggle against the government.While on the mountains with the New People’s Army, one day he happened to tune into an FEBC DZAS (Christian radio station) and heard this message…. “Come all of you who are weary and heavily laden, and I will give you rest….”

During one military operation, Giovannigot captured by the military and was imprisoned.During the government of the new president then President Cory Aquino , Giovanni received government amnesty and was freed from prison.During this time of freedom, Giovanni got heavily involved in various vices including prohibited drugs. Because of these vices, Giovanni’s health deteriorated tremendously and grew very ill and thin. It was at this point in his life that he contemplated committing suicide. He was about to jump from the bridge into the river when he heard a sweet audible voice saying… “Come unto me all you who are weary and heavily laden and I will give you rest……”

Giovanni was stopped by that voice and search on DZAS station on his radio at home and listened to it everyday.Upon listening daily to DZAS, he was convicted of his sin and accepted Christ as his personal Savior and Lord.He soon regained his health and found a Christian fellowshipand attended a Bible School.Today Giovanni is pasturing a Christian church in the United States.

It was indeed God’s awesome love for Giovanni that made a very great difference in his life. A life which is about to be thrown away and doomed for eternity, found a new beginning and purpose and is now destined for greater glory. God’s love indeed makes a great difference. Christian, what are you still waiting for ? You must share God’s love to make a difference to someone’s life today.


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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Eddie Perkins it is great to read your comments in this hub. Thank you for visiting and appreciating this hub. Truly God's love made the great difference. Yes It is also God's marvelous love that made a very great difference in my life. Without God's love I wonder where will I be. Maybe living the worst life on earth. Praise God for His abounding mercy to me that turned my once ugly life into beauty and made this a channel of blessings. Apart from God, life indeed is futile. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi randsgifts thank you for taking time to read this hub. Your visit is much appreciated. The Holy Bible reveals the Great and awesome God of the Universe. It reveals that this God is a loving, merciful,forgiving,holy, just God as it is written in Exodus 34:6 " The Lord,the Lord,the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished, he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

      The Holy BIble speak so much about the love of God. Try to get a copy of the Holy BIble and you will know more about the love of God. We cannot see God for God is a Spirit. He is not like us. He is holy. We men are born with a sinful nature.God's nature is holy. God is omnipotent or all powerful. God is omniscient or all knowing. God is omnipresent or present everywhere.

      God is so loving that He provided a way for us to be forgiven from all our sins and that is through His only begotten Son, the Lord JesusChrist. Two thousand years ago JesusChrist offered his life as the ultimate sacrifice for the atonement and remission of our sins. This is the greatest display of God's love. This sacrifice of Christ open the doors of God's forgiveness to us. We must put our complete faith on this sacrifice of Christ to receive forgiveness for our sins and to receive salvation from eternal damnation in hell. For god is a just God He will surely punish all unrepentant sinners. We are sinners by nature, we sin in our thoughts, words and deeds. Just a mere evil thought or a lie makes us a sinner. That is why we need the sacrifice of Christ for our atonement. As it is written in John 3:16 ;"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

      You must read God's Word the Bible to experience the reality of God. For God's Spirit is alive in His Word.

      I hope this help you a lot. God's richest blessings to you. Best regards.

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      Eddie-Perkins 6 years ago

      Cristina, thank you for writing about the love of God. God’s love made a huge difference in my life too. I know God loves me (and the world of people) because He gave. Real love is giving, and God gave His One and Only Son for us. Thank You Lord!

      For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

      Vote up and very useful.

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      randsgifts 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Is believe in God necessary? You wrote excellent about the love of God, but how can we know love of God? Can we see God? Is the God like one of us or has special something very difference from all beings? Please explain a little bit if like, thanks for your hub.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi RevLady I am glad to hear from you again. Your visit and comments are great encouragement to me. Thank you for gracing this hub. Yes God's love indeed made the great difference. A life apart from experiencing God's love is a futile and meaningless life devoid of any joy and inspiration and hope. For it is God's love that makes one's life beautiful as we seen in the testimony of Giovanni. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi lifegate it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit is much appreciated. Yes truly our God is an awesome God. He is the great ans awesome God of the Universe, a very compassionate and longsuffering God, very rich in mercy pardoning sins continually. He deserved the biggest part in our hearts. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Matthews Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes God indeed is too wonderful to give us His only begotten Son to provide for us eternal salvation.There is no other gods like our God. He alone possess such everlasting love for us. It si just right to give Him all the glory and praise. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Patrick thank you for taking time to read this hub. Blessings to you and regards.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      It is truly God’s love that make a very great difference in God's relationship with us, our relationship with Him and our relationship with our fellowman.

      Thank you Cristina, for sharing the meditation of your heart. All glory to God for He is worthy!

      Love, peace and joy in Christ Jesus, our Lord!

      Forever His

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      And...He had it planned from the foundation of the world, Dave. No second guessing with Him! He truly is wonderful, Cristina.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Cristina: Isn't God wonderful to take compassion upon us though we are sinners, by providing a sacred sacraficial lamb to take upon himself all the sins of man. God could have left us to wallow in despair in sin, but chose not to do so.

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      Patrick Teng 6 years ago

      What a difference a God can made!