“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.”
I Peter 1:22-25 NKJV
My definition of love has changed a lot over the past number of years. It has deepened, as I have grown in my Christian faith. In many ways, it has been purified by the truth of God’s word. I love the way that God loves, not based on what is seen, but by His grace. I have learned to love the unloveable, to look beyond the external, to the internal with a view to the eternal. All people are eternal beings as everyone will live forever, either in heaven or hell.
As an ambassador of Jesus Christ, I am to look at people from the perspective of the eternal, with a glimpse of what they could be as forgiven saints, transformed by grace. I must love the brothers and sisters in the church with a pure heart, without hypocrisy, as I do not have option to love one over another. That love is not merely relegated to the church, but it must also be brought out into the world. Jesus came to save us, to bring the Good News, to share His love with a fallen world crying out in pain. It is an unconditional and complete love, as we communicate His love and His justice.
We take the word of God to the people who have temporary presence in this world, but eternal futures. We go out knowing that the word we bring is not fading away. It is not trending and changing. What was true two thousanmd years ago, is still true today.
All too often people try and make the message “contemporary” so that people will more easily tolerate it. That is deadly. It is like watering down chemotherapy to reduce the side effects, only to allow the cancer to spread because the medicine is not strong enough. Dealing with sin requires the strong medicine of the word of God.
We bring it filled with the love of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must remind ourselves that we are dealing with people made of flesh and blood, and wrought with all the problems and emotions that we ourselves have. We go about the Father’s business with empathy. We bring purfe, unconditional love into a world where everything is conditional.
It is so easy in these perilous times, to lose sight of others and offer contaminated love, filled with self, and ulterior motives. These times are separating people, one from another, and it is hard to resist the forces that divide. I am guided daily by one of my favorite verses as I try and represent Jesus:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
I try to look past the differences, the controversies, and through to the person inside. It is not easy. I try and remember that life is but a vapor, as none of us is guaranteed tomorrow. The people that we encounter daily, may be passing away from this present life, and any opportunity for salvation in Jesus Christ.
We who call upon the name of Jesus are going to face adversity beyond what we can imagine. We must still do the work and share the message of Jesus going to the cross for our sins, His death burial and resurrection. All flesh is grass, and people are dying daily, and most are going to hell. Let us walk by faith and do the work the Lord has laid out for us.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
The greatest work we can do, is share Jesus with those closest to hell. Do not let this day pass without telling someone that Jesus loves them and wants to save them from their sins.
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