Love Does Win, Part 3

Hello – yet another post on this…..

This should hopefully be the last one, and instead of spending so much time talking or debating about wrong theology, I want to concentrate hard on what I mean when I say “Love does win.  He’s already won”.

We all the know the story of Adam and Eve, no?  How God created man in his own image.  How he gave Adam (man) his wife.  How they lived in communion with God, and with each other.

Wait – let’s stop there.  They lived in communion with God!  Something I could never have grasped as a child, and even now have a difficult time grasping.  They were in the very presence of God ALL THE TIME!  What?!?  that is crazy!

But as with many of us, that’s just not enough is it?  The serpent  came in spewing lies, and suggesting lies (notice he even asks Eve a question, suggesting God said they could not eat ANYTHING in the garden, or they would die), and they fell for it.

Remember one big point here – God was there all along…..  So – WHY DIDN’T HE STOP SATAN???  That’s a very typical question we ask, no?  Why do you let that happen???

Love.  God loves us so much, he allows us to make very stupid choices.  In this case, separation from God.  Sound familiar?  We all do this – even those of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior.  How much easier is it to separate yourself from God if you don’t know him?  I speak from my past experiences, when I say for me it was too easy…..  And it breaks his heart every time…

Seems satan has done a great job throughout history in helping to create this divide.  Be it idols, hardening our hearts, malice, hatred, bigotry, sexual sin, divorce, murder, slander, jealousy, rage, theft, slothfulness – you name it.  If you think you live for yourself alone, if you think what you are doing doesn’t hurt others – don’t you think for a moment that you might be thinking only OF yourself????  That is NOT what God wanted from us.  Or for us……

And that is not how he left us.  He provided a way to save all nations, through his Son Jesus Christ!  Where satan meant to steal, kill and destroy, God has rescuded and restored through Jesus Christ!  Where satan has corrupted our hearts, God has washed us clean through Jesus Christ!

We should all know that satan hates God, and everything he stands for.  But he’s powerless against him.  So he chose us to target – God’s glory.  And we basically gave him every right to destroy us, by turning away from God and to him – we gave him the keys to, or dominion over this earth, where God had given to us (Genesis 1:28).

But thanks be to God for his Son Jesus Christ, the lamb who takes away the sin of the world!  He came and took on all our sin, so that we might become righteous through him!  And all we need to to is recieve!  to believe!  And THIS is how much God loves us – that he DOESN’T turn us over to our sinful ways, but instead provided a way for us to be again in communion with him, and this time for eternity.

LOVE DOES WIN!  HE’S ALREADY WON!   PRAISE THE LORD!

I’ll leave you with these verses from Romans 5:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!  Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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