Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Great Love

Listen to verse 47 from Luke:

Therefore, I tell you, her sins which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.
Her sins have been forgiven and because of that, she shows great love. Once we become aware of our sinful nature and our desperate need of God – once we realize how much we have been forgiven and how much we are loved by the creator of the universe – we cannot help but show love.

Think back to Jesus’ answer when he was asked what the greatest commandment is – to love God with everything you are, and to love your neighbor as yourself. Being “good” – following God’s will – is the result of being loved by God. We cannot earn God’s love by obedience, but when we realize how much we are already loved, we will – as a response – obediently love God and love each other.

God is not Santa Clause, keeping a list, and checking it twice. He is the creator of the universe, and you are his child. What a wonderful, amazing grace that is.

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