“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 NLT
Real love is sacrificial and unconditional, not self-serving and conditional. It’s not based on physical or sexual attraction. It’s down and dirty, gritty, in your face, ‘don’t care where you’ve been or what you’ve done’ love. That’s the kind of love the Lord has for us all. Some respond by giving their lives over to His guiding hand. Others receive God’s love like they receive love from anywhere else and since they cannot see Him; it comes without any special meaning. It’s only when we stop from our crazy schedule and really, truly meditate on what we think love is that we begin to crack the surface on one of the greatest miracles known to mortal man. True love can only be found in God.
The fact of the matter is that God created us, saw us rebel and go our own way, living whatever way we chose. It hurts the heart of God to see so many turn away from the truth only to find out, at times far too late, that they missed their chance at true contentment and fulfillment. But is it ever too late. His word is clear. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 1
Christ’s sacrifice was and is once for all time. We don’t need to continue to offer sacrifices to God annually to cleanse ourselves of sin. We are forgiven as a means of giving us a ‘do over’, as it were, a second chance to do things correctly in the eyes of God. We either believe, receive and allow the necessary alterations to be made by the Holy Spirit or we don’t. This is a one shot deal. Christ didn’t die for nothing. It was for a very specific reason, to save those who were lost. Don’t let His sacrifice come to nothing in your own life. Surrender to what you know to be true in your heart. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
1 2 Peter 3:9 New Living Translation