Luke 3:19-38

Luke 3:19-38

Love is a commitment you make and is not easily broken, and God said to each of us, "I love you." It's not based on how He feels about us. It's based on the commitment that He has made to us, and He's proven that love to us by furthering that commitment by giving us the Son.It is created within us, God designed us, to want to be right with Him. Whether men believe Him or not, believe that He exists or not, men do not like to feel wrong. They will go to great lengths to make it somebody else’s fault. People who don’t know Jesus, people who have no relationship with God or believe that there is a God, when they do something wrong and you go tell them they did it wrong, “Oh, well, that wasn’t my fault!…” This is the thinking of the world. It’s got to be somebody else’s fault because, you know what? I don’t want to carry the guilt, I do not want to carry the burden of guilt, and so the only way I can get away from it is to deny it and blame it on somebody else, but guess what? It doesn’t go away. It begins to eat at you like a cancer. There are people who are walking around in this world right now who swear that they’ve done nothing wrong, but they are the most bitter people you could want to know. They have allowed the cancer of denial to eat them alive…

But isn’t that the way we all are? We need God to nudge us to get us to do what’s right. God is the key factor in our life. We’re not going to ever do anything to impress God, but God will use us and be impressed because we’ve allowed Him to use us. We’re just vessels. Vessels that generally are cracked and broken and in need of repair, but God doesn’t look at the cracks. God looks at how useful the vessel may be when those cracks are repaired, when He does the repair…

What should we do? Now that we have knowledge, what should we do? We should understand that we are significant in God’s eyes. We are loved by God so much so that He gave His Son to us, to rid us of the condition of sin that holds us captive and keeps us separated from Him. We do not have to labor under the bondage of sin any longer. Not that we’re going to stop sinning. We just don’t have to be in bondage to it because we can actively, every moment of every day when we sin against God, come to Him and repent of that sin. Confess that sin and make it right. According to 1 John, if we’ll just confess our sin, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We just need to confess. We just need to keep the account… What should we do? How should we live? We should live each and every day with the simplicity of God’s love. Loving our neighbor. Sharing what we have with those that are in need. Not accusing our neighbor. Not extorting from our neighbor. Not taking what doesn’t belong to us. But loving and stepping forward to be an example of men and women who are loved by God, and understand that we are significant in God’s eyes. And He proves it…

God loves you. God loves you desperately. And God has gone to great lengths to prove that love to you. And you know what? He doesn’t require us to love Him back, but He shows us His love and makes it possible for us to love Him back. He just asks for us to believe in Him, to give our lives into His hands, and He’ll do the rest.

You know, love is not a feeling. We sometimes equate love with lust or infatuation, but lust and infatuation are not love. They come and go. Love never leaves. Love is a commitment you make and is not easily broken, and God said to each of us, “I love you.” It’s not based on how He feels about us. It’s based on the commitment that He has made to us, and He’s proven that love to us by furthering that commitment by giving us the Son… Feelings come and go, but the commitment is something that you’re binding yourself to. We can love, we can love deeply, and we can love without bonds as God loved us.

Dave Elkins

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