Never The Same

heartLove changes us because love comes from God.  Because of Jesus Christ we are not only loved but we love others.  He has shown perfect love to us and this has changed us on the inside and we are never the same!

Love affects everything it touches.

 Love Affects Us – It speaks truth over us

Do you ever look at yourself and wish you were different?  I wish I was like that person because they have their life together, or  following God seems so easy for them.  I wish I was able to obey better than I am.  How could God continue to love me and be patient with me when I mess up so much?  Is there something wrong with me?

Or how about this one: Do you really believe God said that?  Do you really believe there is a loving God when you look at the world and see all the suffering?  Do you really think that a loving God would allow a bomb to go off at the Boston Marathon?  And on and on it goes.    It is an assault on truth.  It is taking the brokenness of humanity and lining it up to view of God that comes from experience and not from the Bible.  It is no wonder people are confused.

We do not draw the power of our being and identity from our experiences.  We draw our identity from the Truth.  We appeal to God for all of the truth because we don’t see it all.  We don’t understand it all.  When it comes to our own lives where do we look?  We look at what God said about us in Christ.

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. – 1 John 3:20

When we trust Jesus Christ, the sin in us is condemned, not us. (see Romans 8:1-13)   If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, have trusted Him, turning away from your way and turning to Christ, then love has changed you and is speaking a different word over you.    You are loved.  You are forgiven.  This world is not your home and one day all that is wrong will be right.

Our emotions are not to be trusted.  One moment we are happy, one moment we are sad, one moment we are tired.  All of those emotions or the “I feel like this might be okay because this is 2013” needs to be put up against God’s Word because He never changes.     Look to His Word.  We are to take our identity from Him and to obey His Word for real joy in life.

Love Affects Others – We are to share that love with all.

In the wake of the Boston bombings, we have seen this type of thing take place.  We are called to pray for our enemies, including people like this young terrorist.  If we believe that Jesus is truly the hope of the world, then that includes this man also.  As awful a thing that he has done, he needs to trust Jesus and be forgiven like the rest of us because his time on this earth is essentially over.  He needs Jesus.

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. – 1 John 3:23

We all know people who don’t know Jesus as their Savior.   There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ.  That means that trying to earn your way to heaven by doing good things or those who don’t know Jesus because they have not been told will not make it.  This means we need to do our part to tell others about Jesus so that they can make a decision to believe in Him and not die apart from Him.  At that point it is too late.

I know it is not popular.  It is not politically correct to talk about Jesus, but as A.W. Tozer said “The world seems to possess a real genius for being wrong, even an educated world.”  We are called to share the Gospel with people, to tell them that Jesus loves them and pray that they respond to His calling.  We can’t make anyone believe, but we have a job to tell the world.

Love affects all of us – Jesus Christ calls us to believe and obey

We were separated from God because of our sin.  There was no way for us to be anywhere near God.  So God made a way for that to be possible by taking all of the those rebellious things and placing them on Jesus Christ because the wages for sin is death.  Jesus died, took the sin, and rose again from the dead to beat sin.  We are now able to believe in Jesus.   We turn away from our old way of sin and turn to a new way in Jesus.

This is what it is all about.  It is about complete change, transformation, forgiveness and entering into God’s Kingdom.

That is what love has done for us.  We need to receive His love.  So many people reject it because they think they know better.  But, God has demonstrated his love to us by Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth to show God to us and then His death and resurrection which allows us to be a part of it.  Because of His love for us we are never the same and the world changes also.

 

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