How many of you have grown up hearing “God loves you” all the time… and then in the next breath you hear ” and you have to give money because God is very disappointed in people who don’t tithe” or “God gave you 168 hours in a week and you can’t give Him back 1 hour by going to church?”
This makes God sound a little schizophrenic, don’t you think? I know many people who have left the Christian faith because “not everything in Christianity adds up” and they’re right. That doesn’t add up, because how can someone who loves me unconditionally then require that I do something in order for Him to not to be disappointed?
The thing about love, especially God’s love, is that it is demonstrated.
Romans 5:8-9 (NKJV)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
I want you to know that God demonstrates what His love looks like. God’s love always does something. God’s love is not a bunch of words. He isn’t in the sky saying “Yes, I love you, now go to church.” God is bigger on actions than He is on words. He tells His people: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
So if you are going through a situation, please know that “God loves you” looks like something.
“God loves you” looks like deliverance. It looks like all things working together for your good. It looks like breakthrough.
It looks like Him hearing and answering your prayers. It’s because He is alive. He is alive and He is love and He is concerned with demonstrating His love in our lives.
But, the ultimate expression of “God loves you” is that while you were stuck in your sin, He died so that you could be justified. “God loves you” looked like Jesus on the cross paying the price for our sins. “God loves you” was Jesus justifying you before God and making peace between you and God.
The Bible even goes on to say in Colossians 2:16 “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.”
Because God already demonstrated His love, He actually doesn’t need you to earn it anymore.
So He says, and this really is in the Bible, He says that no one can judge you based on if you eat meat or on what you drink, no one can judge you on if you go to church or not, or if you’ve made first communion or if you’ve kept the Sabbath day. If you want to do those things, go ahead but do it out of love for God.
But never think that it will justify you in His eyes. “God loves you” looked like Him on the cross finishing the work so that you wouldn’t have to. And so now, everything adds up. God loves me. And because He loves me, there’s nothing I have to do to impress Him or earn His love. Going to church doesn’t make Him love me more or less. He loves you and it’s not just a bunch of nice sounding words, but He demonstrated it.
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