Love Is A Choice

(1 John 4:10) “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Love is a choice.  God chose to love us even though we did not love Him. His choice was not based on whether we were acceptable. In fact, we were unacceptable to God when He chose to love us. Humanity set itself against God as His enemy.  The world stood against Him and killed those He patiently and graciously sent. The blood of the prophets was on the hands of humanity. Finally, His innocent Son was brutally crucified.

But even in the brutality of the cross, God chose to love us. While humanity viewed it as an execution, God provided a sacrifice. It was a sacrifice that satisfied every claim He had against humanity. It was payment for every vicious act committed against Him. The object of our hate became the vehicle for our redemption. Yes, love is a choice.

Who will you choose to love today? A spouse that committed a great sin…a neighbor who stole…a friend who ruined your reputation…a stranger who destroyed your life or the life of someone you love…someone who spoke hurtful words… It’s hard to love those who don’t deserve it. It might be the hardest thing we could ever do. Love is a choice that leads to walking in grace. We can never live under grace unless we choose to love.

Living Life At Its Highest

higher photo  (Ephesians 6:24)  “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.”

Every one of Paul’s epistles bears this personal signature – the wish that God’s grace would continue in the lives of those who remain uncorrupted in their love for the Saviour. Just think about all that we’ve journeyed through in this letter to get to this point: Learning about the eternal plan of God in the heavenly realm, the revelation of His riches towards both Jew and Gentile, the high calling we have in Christ, the walk that is ours, the equipping and preparation we have for spiritual warfare and the encouragement we can provide each other in the midst of the battle. How could we not sincerely love such a gracious God? How could we not take on the great calling to live this short life on earth to His glory?

We are privileged above all privileges. We’ve been given more in Christ than the wealth of every billionaire on earth combined. We’ve been placed into positions of power above every earthly throne. Let these truths take root in your soul. Meditate on all that you have in Christ. Let us take nothing for granted as we keep our gaze on the blood-stained cross, the empty tomb and the One who sits on the throne of the universe. Yes, this is enough to fill us with love and sincerity!

Renewed Thought – A life lived in full appreciation of the grace of God is a walk above everything this world has to offer.

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