How have you wrestled with accepting the love and forgiveness of Christ?
December 2, 2017, 5:00 AM

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:1-5


You can diagram and chart what Jesus did, but the one thing you can’t do is explain why. Why did Jesus do all of this for us? “What” can be explained, but “why” cannot. This is why the facts aren’t enough.  Facts try to convince you with logic and reason. The love of God is radically different than the way we think of love. Love is the motivation behind God sending Jesus. Love is not logical. We aren’t agreeing with a concept, but rather relating to a person.


Jesus came and entered our world by walking, talking, living and breathing. He endured the years of His life in many ways like you and me: laughing, crying, thinking, and interacting. But, Jesus not only entered in our world in a way that can be verified historically, but He came into your world in a way that can only be perceived personally.  This leaves you with two options in responding to the illogical love of Jesus Christ. You can embrace His impact and invite Him into your mess or you can resist His impact and keep Him at arm’s distance. You can stand in awe and worship or continue on moving with your life. Your natural response will be to resist.


After all, everything you’ve been taught is that nothing comes free. You need to prove your worth. So, you reason, “If I perform well enough He’ll truly accept me.” But, His love undoes all that crazy talk. Christ’s sacrifice took care of all that performance-based mindset.  Christ isn’t intimidated that you blew it and He isn’t impressed with our efforts to be “good” enough. Instead, Jesus calls us to draw near and reminds us that we’ve been adopted as sons and daughters. We understand this as a concept but wrestle with living our lives based on this security being a reality.


The way we relate to God is to trust and obey. Obedience is an act of faith. The illogical love of Christ frees us to obey as a response. How have you wrestled with accepting the love and forgiveness of Christ? How does Christ’s love go against the grain of how we define love?


This is my Prayer: Father God, I stand in awe of Your love. It is impossible for me to fathom. Lord instead of asking “why,” may I just trust that it is true. Jesus You love me in ways I can’t imagine and in that love I am secure. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.