Saturday, November 9, 2013

Love

This may be a little uncomfortable to read, and if you are a little sensitive you may want to stop reading here.

Have you ever loved someone so much that you would want to spend eternity with them? That is exactly how much God loves us. He loves us so much he sent his son to die on the cross for us. He loves us so much that even though we fail him every day of our lives he still wants us. He pursues us and wants to spend eternity with us. His love is relentless.  He calls us to love one another the exact same way. (John 15:12) But what if that meant standing out or being different... As Christians we need to be standing out from the world around us. (John 13:34-35) But having first hand experience as a human who sins all the time, I know it's not easy. We like to fit in. But if you call yourself a Christ follower, you need to be aware of the importance God presses in His Word about telling the good news of Jesus and loving others.

Are we willing to make our friends and families maybe feel a little bit uncomfortable? Usually not, because we don't want them to think differently of us. But are we really NOT willing to sacrifice our comfort for another's eternal destination. SILLY RIGHT? Where they go after they pass away should be the biggest concern we have for people. Imagine a life without God, now imagine an eternity without God. Whaaattt? Never telling someone of the unconditional love their Father has for them seems selfish. Why would you want someone you love to never experience the joy, and love that comes with knowing Jesus? I watched a video one time with an Atheist comedian who put it this way... "if you believe in a heaven and hell and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, because it's not worth telling them this, because its socially awkward... well how much do you have to hate somebody to not tell them the gospel, how much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that. If I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you and you did not believe that, theres a certain point where I would tackle you, and this is more important than that."
Wow and that came from an atheist, he even sees the importance of sharing eternal life with someone.

When someone passes away we assume they go to heaven... but that is not always the case. We love people so much that of course we throw things out there saying "See you soon" "Now you're watching over us" "Heaven gained another angel" "God only takes the best" "Hope your having a great time with [enter another loved ones name here who passed away]" never mind the fact that we should be desiring to go to heaven to be with our Savior, but all these things are usually thrown around after a passing assuming they believed in Jesus Christ and are now in his presence. We can only hope that they are in the presence of God, but if we even have to question whether or not they lived their life for God what does that say?

 If somebody I loved dies I would want to know that I did everything I could to share the message of Jesus' love to them. I would want to know that I was actively pursuing them the way Jesus pursues me. Now that is love. How can we risk someones fate by not ever wanting to share the message of this great love because it makes things awkward? My hope and prayer is that you can see the importance of what it really means to love. Not an earthly kind of love that can fade, but a genuine love that is wanting to see them someday praising The Lord beside you and having that peace and assurance after they pass that yes.. I will see you again.

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