Have you ever known someone who rejected God because something horrible happened to them? Or–they no longer believe in Him because He didn’t answer their prayer? Tragedy often results in rejection of God. After all, IF He is real and IF He loves us–why doesn’t He prevent tragedy? If we believe that God should prevent all tragedy, then we also believe that God should have created us without the gift of free will–and thus, without the capacity to love. Free will enables us to experience love OR to choose evil. Can you imagine ANY scenario where you could EVER be forced to love someone? It’s impossible–because love is ALWAYS a choice of the heart. So is evil. God created us with both choices.

So when tragedy strikes–will we blame God–who gave us the choice? The Bible says that tragedy is caused by the awful curse of sin: “The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt.” (Isaiah‬ ‭24:5-6‬a) Furthermore, we have ALL sinned and contributed to this horrible curse. (Romans 3:23) But Christ–the spotless Lamb of God–was born to die so we could be redeemed from the curse. God’s gift of free will allows us to choose His gift of salvation. Once we are born into His family, free will allows us to choose to love Him or to “continue in sin” even though we’ve received grace. (Romans 6:1) Salvation is the greatest gift of heaven.

God’s love is the most perfect love we can EVER know while living on earth! We must not allow the dead and deceived world to blind us from this truth. God loves us more than we love ourselves. He did something we’d never do–He died for us when we hated Him. (Romans 5:8) When we fall in love with Him, we discover the everlasting truth of His love which fills us and gives us joy. His Word says that we may…“know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, and may be filled with all the fullness of God..for He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” (Ephesians‬ ‭3:19-20) God’s gift of free will allows us to experience His perfect love!