Believe the Love Story

In Christianity on August 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm

If we are truly Christian, we have to believe the Love Story.  If we do, it will make all the difference in our lives. The challenge is that too often we simply know the story—as an abstraction, not as God’s living, breathing, passionate love for us.

The Love Story is the theme of scripture.  Yes, I realize some well-meaning but incomplete theologies stress that God is love (meaning forgiving and tolerant) but we need not bother ourselves about doctrine and holiness.  That is not the kind of story we need to believe.

The Love Story will make a difference in our lives.  It will make a difference because God ordained it to be so.  That difference will stem from is His incredible, unbelievable (except that He said it) delight in us.  “The Lord’s portion is His people.”¹ This theme stretches from creation to coming of Christ and the culmination of time.  He freely created us.  He created us in His image!  He tends and shephereds us.  He repeatedly forgives and restores us.  He came—he actually became one of us.  “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”²

“But,” we think, “us . . . as the Lord’s portion? How can that be? Who would see us as anything but a collection of problems?”  We think these things about ourselves because we live in a world that is only partly redeemed and restored. We have experienced being unloved. Many of us don’t even love ourselves.  We see our faults first, and are blinded to the fact that God loves us.

Today, please remember:

The Lord’s portion is his people (Deuteronomy 32:9)

Fear not . . . you are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31)

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16)

His banner over me was [and is] love (Song 2:4)

Believe the Love Story. Live it. Respond in love and increasing holiness. “For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11). Christianity Richly!

¹  Deuteronomy 32:9
² John 1:14

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