In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10
Did Jesus die for our sins?
Yes, our sins caused (in part) His death. On the other hand, Jesus did not die just so we would be justified (declared innocent) before the Father, but also that we might escape the Father’s wrath. Christ’s “propitiation” is the removal of God’s divine wrath and His love may only be fully appreciated when we understand what His sacrifice accomplished.
The horrible truth of the Cross is that God’s wrath fell upon His own Son. The wonderful truth is that His Son removed that wrath. Considering this unselfish sacrifice, should not Christ-followers then love more than those who do not follow the Savior? After all, we alone know the true meaning of the word. Our love, be it for the world or for each other, should be firmly rooted in the acceptance and understanding of the amazing gift we have received.
And, if we find ourselves loving “less?”Too often, a shallow understanding of biblical truth leads to a surface expression of it.
Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays. – Andrew Murray
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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