Do we really need to do something to earn God’s love?
Religion will try to convince people they must “do something” to get God to love them. Is there any truth to this statement? Do we really need to do something to earn God’s love? If so, what? Absolutely nothing! He already loves us! He demonstrated His love for us when He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross (John 3:16). This took place before you were born, so He loved you before you existed.
Therefore, nothing you have done since your birth has changed the way God feels about you.
Jesus died on the cross for all the Old Testament saints. All their sins were in the past. At the time Jesus died, all of our sins were in the future, but He died once for all of them!
When I got saved, all my sins in my past, present, and future were forgiven. Hebrews 10:14, KLV says,
“For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”
Perfected for how long? Forever!
The Gospel is about your present and future
The message of the gospel isn’t about your past; it is about the present and future. It is about having a healthy, loving, secure relationship with your heavenly Father. What a great price He paid to love us as He does today!
The thief on the cross was told, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” The Prodigal Son was told by his father to come on home. The woman caught in adultery was told to go and sin no more. God is concerned about your future. He has forgiven your past, and He says He will never remember it.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12, KJV).
We have all committed millions of sins
We have all committed millions of sins. How many have we confessed? Most likely a small fraction of them. That’s why our forgiveness and relationship with God are reliant on the blood of Jesus, not our memories, regrets or failure to repent.
If Jesus told Peter we are required to forgive seven times 70, which is 490 plus times in a DAY then it also means God treats us the same way! God wouldn’t be a hypocrite and ask us to forgive people in a way He wouldn’t forgive us.
Jesus went on to teach that we should love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). Many people have missed this powerful point because of wrong teaching and are blinded to this liberating truth.
It is OK to love yourself!
Jesus said it is okay to love yourself. Some will struggle with a comment like that, but I like to ask those people if we should love what God loves? The answer should be a resounding “YES!” If God loves you, it is okay to love yourself. If you don’t love yourself, you won’t be able to love your neighbor the way Jesus desires.
Jesus said to love your neighbor AS you love yourself. You cannot give what you do not have, and you cannot lead where you have not been. If you’re not convinced God loves you, how will you love your neighbor? Some have accused me of preaching selfishness, but in the “Agape” (Greek word for God’s kind of love) love of God, there is no selfishness.
There is nothing “selfish” in God’s love.
One day, I did something incredibly stupid, and I was angry with myself about it. I called myself all kinds of ugly names in frustration over my failure. When I finished cussing myself out, the soft sweet voice of the Holy Spirit gently spoke to my heart and said, “I would never speak to you like that.”
I realized if I treat myself in a way God would not treat me, then I could just as easily treat others in that way too. Many times, how I treat others is a reflection of how I believe God treats me. Learn to accept the love God has for you, and others will experience it through you as well. This is the true way of the Master.
“We love Him, because He loved as first” (1 John 4:19).
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