Saturday, June 27, 2015

Love Wins

We are a country divided. I assure you this will not be a political rant, nor will it be a protest. Hear me out if you would.

Shock and outrage should never lead to hate and intolerance. Love and acceptance should be grounded in that of Christ Jesus and biblical truth. This isn't about condemnation or the fall of society. The downfall of man came thousands of years ago when Adam and Eve first disobeyed God and chose their own way and sin entered the world. 

We can quote John 3:16, "For God so loved the world..." But do we understand the reason He came? To pay for our sins. To make a way for us from our sinful, fallen state to reach eternity with a perfect and Holy God. He did not come to condemn the world but to save it, which we find in the very next verse in John 3:17. 

Make no mistake. This earth will pass away, and all that's in it, and the only thing that will matter is what you decided to do with Jesus. Who do you say He is? This isn't about Christianity or what you may call yourself. It has nothing to do with labels or titles or man's rulings. It has everything to do with whether or not you have a personal relationship with Him as your Lord and Savior.

Understand. He created you. He loves you. He desires to call you His child. It is the sinful nature in which we were all born that separates us from His Holiness. It is why we struggle. It is why there is pain, disappointment, hurt, sickness. It's why we can't often make sense of some of the things that happen. It's also why He sent His Son. It's why He made a way, because there must be a way, for us to bridge the divide of our fallen flesh and His perfect righteousness. 

This is where love wins. This is absolutely about love winning. Love has won. It is winning. It will win once and for all. Because Christ defeated sin and death when He paid for each and everyone of us and made a way for us to gain eternal access to heaven and our Heavenly Father. 

Heaven and Hell are as real as the love and hate we demonstrate. Whether it's race, gender identity, marriage laws, or any other issue that might be prevalent in our present day. We are living and acting as if we're surprised. We should not be caught off guard. Quite frankly we should only be more prepared than ever to make sure our eternity is secure. And rest assured that is really the only issue. 

We cannot expect the world to act as if they know the bible we believe if we simply bang it over their heads. We must fulfill our purpose. Our calling. The original plan - we know this as the Great Commission: to go into all the world and tell the good news. The good news that God is love. The good news that His Son paid the price for our sin. The good news that we can have a personal, redeeming and life changing relationship with Him that will guarantee our salvation and secure our eternal presence with Almighty God. The good news that most certainly we claim: love wins. 

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