We know that God is moving in the earth today in a mighty way. The winds of the Spirit are blowing to kindle the fires of revival and awakening as the Lord is preparing his bride for his return. There is an urgency in the Spirit to prepare and move in the greatest revival around the world. God is knocking on the doors of our hearts. He is knocking on the doors of every church to breathe the breath of the Spirit in them, but will they answer?
Today, we hear messages about God’s love all of the time. However, there are many who have turned the love of God into a license to remain in sin. They have mistaken his love as “tolerance” instead of using his love to rise up out of their sinful lifestyle. Almost on a daily basis I hear people say, “It is ok for me to do what I do because God loves me.” Yes, he does love you, but his love towards you does not condone sin. Whenever Jesus loved the outsiders and dined with the sinners, he never condoned their lifestyles. He went to them to love them in order to bring them out of sin. This is what he has done for us all.
It is the responsibility of the church to show the mercy, grace, and love of God to a lost and broken world. They need God’s mercy, not the Devil’s (or your) condemnation. They need God’s love, not your hatred. They need a Physician because they are sick, not added guilt that is a disease. They need truth that convicts and pierces through the hardness of their hearts out of love that leads to repentance. So do some of you Christians need to repent for preaching at people instead of dining with them, condemning them instead of loving them, and showing them the ways of the Spirit of God through your lifestyle of holiness unto the Lord. Do people see Jesus in you by the way you live your own life?
The real message of God’s love is found in the cross that even while we were in sin Jesus died for us in order for us to not be eternally condemned. God showed us grace and mercy when we did not deserve it and does so on a daily basis today. It is out of his love that he bestowed mercy upon us to give us the opportunity to accept Jesus as our Savior. These passages clearly state that those who do not believe in him are under condemnation. Coming under the blood of Jesus takes away all of our sin, guilt, and condemnation, but it does not mean that we can keep on sinning. Being washed in the blood means we have a radical transformation where the old person is dead, and we are now new creations in Christ.
There is a difference in sinning out of a choice and sinning without consciously doing so over the unobvious things in life. The sin that we are not to go back to is the sin that we choose to do. If you keep going back to sin (such as drugs, pornography, lying, etc.) then you need to go back to the cross. However, God’s grace covers us when we do not knowingly sin. In today’s church culture, we have winked at sin and have excused the choice to sin as if it is no big deal. We have mixed these two viewpoints on sin as if they are the same and have said, “We all sin and fall short of God’s glory, so it is ok to excuse sin.” No, it is not ok to excuse sin because Jesus never did. He came to abolish sin, not to condone it.
One of the many things we need in the church today is new a revelation of the true love of God and the fear of the Lord. We need a revelation of his mercy and his grace, but we need a revelation of his majesty and holiness. He is Father, but he is Holy God.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son. He came to not condemn the world but to save it. It was the love of God that took Jesus to the cross. But it is our love towards God that takes us to the cross. In the world that we live in, we need to be the love of God towards others, but we cannot forget that love is also a warning. We have this idea that love is passive and that anything goes. No, love is passionate. Love is fierce but gentle. Love is kind, but it does not condone. The greatest example of love in history is found in Jesus as he walked the earth in power, loved the outcasts, and died on the cross.
Who are you showing the love of God to today? Who are you showing God’s mercy and goodness to? Are you preaching at people, or are you leading by example? Are you bringing condemnation or are you bringing the oil of the anointing of God, that is the oil of the Great Physician that heals all wounds, brokenness, and hopelessness?
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