What's More Important: Love or Forgiveness?
Love is all you need. Love is all you need.
Those just aren’t the lyrics of a great song, that’s the cry of the world today. With all of the tragedies going on around us, love sounds like the right answer, doesn’t it?
The bible teaches about a love that is great enough to overcome a multitude of sins. It is the never-ending love of God.
John 3:16 (ESV) says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
The word for love there is the Greek word agapao, which describes the deep and constant love and interest of God towards entirely unworthy objects. This is an unfailing, unconditional love that is not dependent upon the actions or attitude of the one receiving the love. It’s not a feeling, it’s a choice.
LOVE IS ALL WE NEED!!
The trouble is, the love that the world needs, and the love that the bible teaches is the agape love of God. And on our own—we don’t have it. The world doesn’t have it and we can’t produce it.
That’s why we need love AND forgiveness.
Back in the beginning of time when Adam and Eve were in the garden, mankind was surrounded by this agape love every day. But when man sinned, the relationship between God and man was broken—not because God was mad, didn’t care or couldn’t help. Our sin separated us from God. Man had fallen from the presence of God, and in order to protect mankind from making this choice permanent, God moved mankind out of the garden.
The same agape love that moved God to create the mankind, the world and all that is in it, is the same agape love that moved God to forgive and begin the ultimate rescue plan that would allow for everyone to be saved; the forgiveness He freely offers through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ.
The world isn’t going to stop saying that LOVE IS ALL WE NEED, and they aren’t wrong. But what they need to know is that the only way to access the love we need—the agape love—is through the forgiveness that Jesus came to offer us. You can’t have the first without the second.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Chris reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Chris God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (ESV)
Beloved, we have been entrusted with this great mission, this great ministry to share God’s agape love and forgiveness with the whole world.
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Published on August 8, 2018.