Sometimes I often wonder what God really thinks about some Christian programming. Don’t get me wrong – I know that He loves us unconditionally and nothing can ever separate us from His love. Maybe it’s just me but most people who say they are Christians come off as mean, nasty, hostile, gossips, slanderers, and unforgiving. I had to catch myself because viewing one program, I became angry, hostile, gossip, slanderer and unforgiving because I know that this is not the character of God. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks – these same people NEED love (agape) showered on them like never before. The old adage “hurt people – hurt people” was so vivid at this moment.
The saddest part is that people viewing this program who were not saved will believe that you must become angry, hostile, mean, gossips, slanderers, and unforgiving to be “saved.” This could not be any further from the truth. When you understand that God is love – you understand that being these things is not God’s way of operating. (i.e. Kingdom behavior)
I said all of that to say this…God is love. The reality is that anything that contradicts love – contradicts God. Anytime someone attempts to separate God’s love from the Gospel of Jesus Christ it’s like separating Jesus from God and you just can’t do it! At the same time we must remember that everyone has not truly received the love of God which usually explains their behavior. Yes they are saved but have not received His love, grace and mercy. (which why they still preach the law) All of us have been there. The moment we first gave our lives to Christ (especially if we were in a rigid environment) we became so caught up in legalism that we skipped over the main thing – love. I can remember wearing dresses so long they looked like gowns. I can laugh now, but back then that “symbolized” holiness. We focused on the “appearance” of holiness and not the actual substance of holiness.
The one command Jesus gave us is that we love one another. Walking in love and just being living example of God’s love in the earth is what I desire to do everyday. Does this happen everyday? Absolutely not! I miss the mark just like everyone else. (sometimes more than others) Yet, thru grace and mercy, the Holy Spirit gently nudges me and reminds me His love for me never changes and to try again.
Please know that nothing that you have done ( or will do) can separate you from God’s love. His love, grace and mercy are waiting for you, but you must be willing to receive it. My prayer is that for those who are not saved or those who were in church and just became fed up is that you encounter such an outpouring of love from God that your life will never be the same.