What Happens When We Consider?
When we consider something, we are thinking about it carefully and thoughtfully. Considering leads to action. For example, when I consider an investment, it is likely that I will act. I might purchase shares of the investment. I might watch it for some time to determine a good time to buy shares. Sometimes my response is to refrain from acting. I might avoid the investment like a plague. Not acting is an action as well.
The Amazing Love of God
God’s love was made known to us. He did not hide his love. His love was dramatic, undeserved, and life-transforming. Consider (notice the word “consider”) the love of God in these four verses:
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—…” Ephesians 2:4-5
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1
Appropriate Action and Responses
When we consider God’s love, then it is possible to have confidence in him. We can have faith in him. He loved me and gave himself for me. This should direct my heart and result in praise and thanksgiving. Of course, it is possible to consider God’s love and then take no action. That is the response of a person who did a poor job considering.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5
“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26
All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.