We are entering into a revolution. The LOVE Revolution. Or perhaps, we have already started the revolution since two thousand years ago.
Christ did not come to condemn this world, but He has come to empower us with His unfailing love. His love for us is unfathomable, unconditional and everlasting. Isn’t this wonderful? This is a revolution. The LOVE Revolution that I want to tell you about.
John 3:16 tells us that “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son. And whosoever who believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
We all know that His grace is sufficient for us. His grace has given us the gift of salvation. We have come into His presence with the baggage of our sins of the past, but He promises us that by believing in Him, all our sins will be forgiven.
Romans 5:8 tells us that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Isn’t this amazing?
Paul tells us that Jesus did not come in righteous anger or judgement but He comes in love. And without love, we are nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:4-12 says “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 John 4:7-8 tells us that “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
God’s love does not conflict with His holiness, righteousness, justice, or even His wrath. All of God’s attributes are in perfect harmony. Everything God does is loving, just as everything He does is just and right. And Christ is the perfect example of true love.
John 8:3-11 has clearly explained to us that His love is just and righteous.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
Did this get into your head? He forgives and then says ‘Go and sin no more.’ He longs for our intimacy with Him. He yearns for us to draw ourselves closer to Him. He commands us not just to be righteous but to love our enemies and to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. And His love covers multitudes of sin.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 says “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” This shows us that it is the love of Christ that is with us and we are to shower others with the same type of love.
Amazing. His love is so amazing. We have to remember this forever and ever. His love and grace has lifted us from the darkness, and His mercy has saved us from the eternal death. His love has cleansed us from our sins. His love has taken our sin and shame. We are transformed for the better with His love. And for us as believers, we are to share this good news to others.
On this particular note, I am very grateful to be able to embrace His love and I know His love for me is everlasting. I know some of you may not believe in this but I hope that you too, will be able to experience His amazing love.
Have a blessed Holy Week as we remember how He died on the cross for you and me.