How are we portraying the love of God? This question should be asked of ourselves when confronting any hot-button issue. It is so easy to get caught up in being right that we can lose sight of being right in the eyes of God. There is a quote, and I use it often, that says “the truth, without love, is just brutality”. I am not making a suggestion to sugar coat anything, but I am suggesting there are, at times, a better approach.
As a Christian we accept the inerrancy of the Bible as God’s Word. We accept His Word is Faithful and True. We accept that He is right in all matters, in all judgments, in all things. When preaching to the choir, that boldness and righteous indignation toward sin is understood, to the sinner, it is indignation toward the person and often misunderstood. Read almost any debate regarding the legalization of gay marriage here in the United States and you will see many examples. Being right with God must exceed our need to be right to man.
We do, however, have a job to speak the gospel, be a witness, be a light, expose the darkness of sin, and speak the truth of God’s Word. We must not be afraid of standing on His truth. Let me ask, though: Was it a hateful Christian that led you to Christ or was it someone that reached out in love, compassion, and understanding? How are you responding now? I have some bad news, this world will get worse and the love of many will wax cold. Knowing this does not give us permission to let our love wax cold too. When love waxes cold, the church must be a storehouse of love from which the world can find an example. The church, and we as Christians, should have love in abundance and readily available. We are not called to be like the world, but to be transformed from the world and worldly ways.
For those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, I often hear “…but God loves everyone”. This is true, and thank God for that. God even loves the sinners, we must never forget this fact.
Romans:5:8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The love of God has never been in doubt, it isn’t even what separates a Christian from a sinner. It is the acceptance of God’s love through Jesus that separates and saves. For those who are yet in sin, God loves you. This goes for the homosexual, the liar, the thief, the adulterer, and any other form of sinner. You know the saying “love the sinner, hate the sin”. Never doubt God’s love. Yet, it is your acceptance of God’s love or rejection that will define your eternity. God is love, and Jesus is His love toward mankind. Jesus took upon Himself the sin of the world and won victory over all sin for those who will accept Him as Savior.
The choice must be clear. As a Christian, we must show the world the love of God. For the sinner, God’s love is Jesus, and if you haven’t accepted Him, you have not accepted the Love of God. Turn from your sin, ask forgiveness seek His love, His Son. That gift is available, but like any gift, it can be accepted or rejected. Unlike other gifts, this one has eternal consequences. Only love covers a multitude of sin, seek Him while He may be found. Today is the day of salvation, call upon Jesus now and accept the Love of God, there is no promise of tomorrow.