I think that if we could just for a second understand the pure love God has for us we would be changed forever. Growing up I got the idea that if Christianity was a company the words “God loves you” would probably be the slogan. Then again the Bible does say on a couple of occasions that God is love, so it probably wouldn’t be a bad fit. Strangely enough I separated God from His love when I would think about how He operates. Of course I know God is big, but His love couldn’t be that big also, could it?
I gave my heart to Jesus at quite a young age, I think I was 12 years old or something, but for the vast majority of my life as a Christian my idea of God was that He is looking down at me watching my every move and if I slip up I would make Him angry and disappointed. I thought I existed to make God happy and that I should try my very best to not sin and that if I do sin I should ask at least 3 times for Him to forgive me otherwise my prayers just weren’t sincere enough. I believed I needed to pursue and beg for His forgiveness.
I thought the relationship God wants with us is like that between a master and his slave, which never seems to be good enough. Whenever I sinned I felt so guilty and that I needed to give God a day or two to deal with my sin and if I did something really bad He got fed up with me and left me to fend for myself. Like if I did something wrong just before a soccer match or an exam for example, I believed that I wouldn’t do well as a sign of His anger at me.
But then God slowly showed me His love and how unconditional it is. Picture Jesus carrying His cross up Golgotha, He was actually thinking of each one of us as He headed to the place of His death. He thought about every sin you will every commit, the small, the big, the sin you consciously commit and the sin you unconsciously commit. The sin you never thought you would ever commit because you’re not “that sinful” right. He thought about it all yet still went to the cross and said Father let your will be done. God the Father sent Jesus to earth with the purpose of becoming our sin and paying the price for us.
Not just that, God took all the anger and disappointment and sadness that all our sin could ever cause Him and took it out on His own Son, Jesus. Jesus didn’t just take away our sin, He took away the wrath of God that was meant for us.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:4-7 NLT)
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT)
God doesn’t have any anger left to feel towards you. He already dealt with sin 2000 years ago, we should stop making such a big deal about something God declared outdated 20 centuries ago. Sin has been overcome. What did you think Jesus meant when He uttered the words “it is finished?” The negative impact sin would’ve had, God equals with His grace. We have been set free of sin.
If you only swear once a day, God loves you. And if you swear 200 times a day, and you consider it a good day, then God still loves you and equally at that! I have found that sin have become a greater issue than what Jesus is recognized to be the solution. If our goal is to get as far away from sin, rather than as close as possible to God then we won’t be very successful. It’s in realizing that all we need is Jesus that we find the strength and desire to move away from our sin.
Knowing God is actually smiling at me every second of every day and telling me He loves me took me quite a while to believe. I’m still sometimes in awe about it, because I’m so unworthy of His love. But lets embrace it and live it out. Lets accept God’s mind-blowing love for us and love others with the same love that He has placed inside of us. Don’t look at the other person’s sin. Jesus also took their sin away, our job is to love. Love God and love others. No matter what work you do. No matter what race they are. No matter if they are gay or has tattoos or smokes or don’t go to church or don’t believe in Jesus.
God never said love if… He just said love.
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16 NLT)