Thursday, April 16, 2009
Embracing God's love washes away sin. John 15 says if we obey his commands, you remain in my love. I think a lot of people misunderstand this scripture, we can't earn his love, he will love us when we choose to do our own thing, but the best part of this is the reason why his love is free, is because he is inviting us to something more, His love will wash us clean because He desires to be close to us and through that if we are willing, we become transformed. We have a sympathetic High Priest, Jesus is ready to walk with us to His Father when we are ready, and He is not pushy or demanding.
Religious obligation destroys holiness, instead of holiness being the gift of God to teach us to live in him rightly related as a loved child, that gets tarnished in to thinking that we have to follow all these stupid rules and if not we don’t we are going to get slapped hard for it. Holiness by obligation is a frustration, but holiness as a gift of living right and living inside the reality of God’s love, there’s nothing onerous about that, I want to live in that space. God’s love is not separated from truth. It’s like the old covenant could confront us with truth, but couldn’t win the love in our life. Not until Jesus went to the cross is when we were able to open our eyes to the love and truth that are now both expressed through his love and desire he has for us. The misunderstanding of grace is God forgives sin that cannot transform us; forgiveness would become so inadequate if it didn’t have the power to transform us. His love produces a desire inside me to live in a higher purpose and a higher unfolding grace, not to take advantage of or continue to do my own thing, but to embrace His love is where the fullness of joy is. It overruns my life and that is how it becomes so compelling and not demanding.
Posted by Nicole at 9:53 AM