God is love. You have heard that before, I’m sure. The sentence has been used so many times in so many ways, many inappropriate, that it has become almost meaningless to most people. However, the truth behind the statement is of primary importance to you in your relationship with God. You do have a relationship with Him. It may not be a good relationship, but you have one none the less. And, you can’t love anyone except that God first originated love. The human ability to love someone else and to love God originates with Him. Paul wrote that we love God because He first loved us. Jesus’ greatest commandment to you is to love God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. He said that commandment sums up all of the law and everything else in our relationship with God and our fellow human beings. The commandment is complex and worthy of a blog or two itself, which will start next week.
The point I am making here is that God loves you. I know, you have heard that thousands of times with thousands of contextual meanings also, many of which are off point or clearly erroneous. But it is of primary importance to you. You are one of God’s highest creation, humanity. I loves you so much that He made you in His image and placed your ancestors, Adam and Eve, in a wonderful and very huge garden. God talked directly with them, just as you talk with others. He didn’t message them, text them, or make posts on their Facebook page. He spoke directly to them and they talked directly to Him. That seems like an antiquated concept these days, but it is important. If our ancestors had not fouled things up between God and mankind, we’d still be talking directly with God. Directly talking to another person is extremely satisfying. It does wonderful things for you and the one you talk to. Try it some time! Really. You will like it. I am sure that not talking with others disconnects you from humanity, and for some that is one reason for the trouble they cause others and themselves. You can not have a meaningful conversation with another without becoming involved with the other to some extent. You learn about the other person and he or she learns something about you. It is the same with God. We have become disconnected from God because we cannot have a direct, face to face conversation with Him due to our sin separating us. God still loves you, though, and wants to have the best relationship He can have with you despite the gulf between you and Him.
God so loves you that He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to earth for the express purpose of dying a humiliating, horrible death on the cross so that you may have the only way of reconnecting with God. That is by Jesus dying in your place on that cross so that your sin is forgiven you and washed away. I will tell you something here that you may not realize. Time does not exist in the spirit world. Everything is in present tense. Time is a function of physical matter, which doesn’t exist in the spirit realm. This means that Jesus Christ. who was God incarnate, has experienced the excruciating pain of the cross since forever in the past and will continue forever in the future as we understand past and future. In other words, that pain is constantly with God. It never quits. Jesus knew that, of course. No wonder He sweat blood in the garden before His arrest. He knew what was in store for Him. Never the less, He willingly went to the cross for you. I doubt if you know anyone who would dye that kind of death for you with those eternal consequences. That is something for you to think about. Yet He did that for you out of His love for you. You, of His highest creation, mean everything to Him, and He willingly went to the cross in your place because He wants to have a personal relationship with you. God loves you very much even with all your human errors and frailties.
God is also faithful to you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Paul wrote that He was completely convinced that “neither death nor life, nor angels principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” ( Romans 8:37-39). God never gives up on you. You may chose to not have a personal relationship with Him, but He is always with you waiting for you to come to Him. All you have to do to have a personal relationship with God is to accept the free gift of salvation Jesus is offering you. You can’t earn it. You can’t buy it. There is nothing you can do in and of yourself that will put you back in good graces with God. It is a free gift from God. But any gift is worthless if you don’t accept it. Until you accept a gift it isn’t yours. It is there for the taking, the offer is made and God won’t take back the offer. Now is the time to accept God’s gift of salvation for you, for you to have a personal relationship with Him. He will let you know what He expects from you and what is in your best interest to do. And you can talk directly to God through prayer. But here’s the thing: God doesn’t hear the prayers of those who are not His. It does no good to pray if you haven’t accepted Christ as your personal Savior. Today is the time of your salvation. Now is the time for you to pray the only prayer that God will hear if you aren’t His, the prayer of acceptance. No formal, ritualized prayer exists to make that acceptance speech. Yours is a personal relationship with Christ. You speak informally with those closest with you, and none can be closer that Christ. Just talk to Him in your own way. He’ll hear you. And if you are serious in your intent, and live the life He want you to live- which is in your best interest, then life will be much grander than you could expect here on earth. I urge you to talk with Him now.