Do You Love what God Loves?

August 8, 2017

Luke 15:1-7

Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4″Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Do You Love what God Loves?

I have the joy of photographing many people.  We jokingly tell our clients that we have one rule when they view their photographs.  They can criticize anyone else but themselves.  Why do we say that?  Invariably, the ones we are the most critical and judgmental of is ourselves.  We can see faults and weaknesses in us that no else would even notice or pay attention too.  Self is sometimes the hardest person we have to live with and accept. Sometimes it is hard to love your neighbor as your self, because you don’t really love yourself. 

God sent Jesus Christ to tell you that you have extreme value and worth in His eyes.  We often judge ourselves according to worldly standards of acceptance.  We may hate ourselves because we don’t fit into the right weight class, physical appearance, intellectual ability, race or social –economic status.  There are numerous reasons we may feel condemned and rejected.  We may be struggling with hidden sins or urges we know are perverse or unclean.  We may have done things that we are ashamed of or feel dirty and condemned for.  Do you know why these sinners and publicans liked to hang around Jesus?  It wasn’t because He told them what scumbags and worthless people they were and that they were all going to hell.  They were attracted by the Love.  It was a love that they had never seen or known for themselves.  It was a love that was unconditional and that could look past their sin and shame and see their heart.  It was a love that spoke to them that they were not just refuse and rejects, but that they had value and were precious in the eyes of the Father.  John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”   God didn’t come after us with a big stick.  He came after us with the greatest act of Love ever demonstrated to man.  God isn’t trying to reject you; He is trying to accept you.  We already stand rejected and condemned because of our sin, but God’s love says come to me, trust in My Son and His blood will cover your sin and shame.  His blood, shed for your sin, can wash you as white as snow if you will embrace Him in faith.  God’s heart is to save and redeem a lost and dying world.  It is not His desire that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and eternal life.  We have a will that He has given us and He will not violate our will.  He doesn’t force us to receive salvation, He simply invites us to receive the provision He has provided for us to be delivered out of the judgement that is already in place for sin and come into His life, receiving His forgiveness. 

Many that have walked in darkness for a time are really sick and tired of it. They realize the emptiness it leaves inside of them.  It is fun for the moment, but then it leaves us feeling unclean, used and worthless.  So we come back to that attitude so many of us have about ourselves, for various reasons.  The truth is that God wants you to love and respect what He loves, and that is you.  His heart beats for you, His arms are open to you and He wants to receive you and transform your life.  It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, the important thing for you to know is that He loves you and He can forgive you if you ask Him too.  Simply give your heart to Him.  Ask Him to forgive those past sins,  to come and live in your heart and to give you His life.  He has a destiny and purpose for your life that you will never know or find in the places of darkness and self –loathing.  It is in His love and His light that He will teach you the path of righteousness and show you the great value that you can have in His kingdom.    

Do you love what God loves?  Isn’t it time that you did? You are the object of His love.

 

Blessings,

#kent

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