So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One.For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2, The Passion Translation
The gavel has been pounded.
The Judge has made the final decree.
The evidence of love’s sacrifice entered in.
The testimony of death and sin stricken.
It’s power dismantled on the cross.
The accused has been acquitted.
The case is closed.
Your life in union with the Son, empowered by the Spirit and embraced by the Father.
“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.“
“This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins. Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then ‘loving one another’ should be our way of life!” 1 John 4:10-11 The Passion Translation
We are loved long before we love God.
However, it seems to me that the majority of the time, we are trying to grow our love for God instead of living in the expanse of God’s proven love for us.
We work hard to do the right things instead of simply resting in the righteousness of Jesus, the rightness of Jesus.
He was right with God, He sacrificed Himself so we could be right with God. It’s done.
That is it.
That is love.
When we stop striving to be good enough for God to love and simply receive the unearnable love of God, it feels like a gift.
Because it is.
Are you living loved or striving for it today?
You are accepted right this minute. You are forgiven right this minute. You are delightfully loved right this minute.
Receive the gift of being ridiculously loved right this minute.
Then love someone else in the same way God is loving you: ridiculously, completely and luxuriously.
May the luxurious love of God for you transform the way you see yourself and treat yourself today. Then may it spill over onto everyone else.
You have been redeemed by Jesus to live a God discovering, God serving, God-ordained life.
But that doesn’t mean it is easy.
There will be storms that you must go through.
There will be higher altitudes to climb to.
There will be unexpected turbulence along the way.
I dislike turbulence. It’s always unexpected and it always makes me feel afraid as the plane passes through it before it returns to normal.
God doesn’t cause the disruptions but He will use them, if you let Him.
He will use them to teach you how not to give up.
He will use them to strengthen your faith.
He will use them to forge your character.
“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-4 NIV
My friend, Jesus knows where you are on the journey and what is disrupting it. He is with you and will not leave you in it. Hold onto the truth of His love and let that truth bloom into hope.
The turbulence will cease and you will get to where God wants you to be.