The Love You Can't Resist
THE LOVE YOU CAN’T RESIST
A Desire to be Loved
Probably, one of the most prominent features of the human nature is the desire to be loved and accepted by others. Life would probably be miserable if there was no single person who cared about you or with whom we could relate and share your feelings of joy, success, depression, confusion, fear and so on. It may lead to loneliness. There seems to be emptiness inside each one of us that can be filled only by the love and companionship of others.
There tends to be a greater feeling of dejection if one is not loved or noticed by someone that you really love or at least wished took note of you. It is not an uncommon thing that young boys and girls do some funny things simply to win the attention (and acceptance) of a girl or boy that they are falling in love with. I remember a boy who once tore his shirt in order to impress a girl. As people progress in age, there tends to be some modification and maturity in the type of ‘crazy’ things that can be done to get such attention.
There are other cases in which a person might want to be personally recognized by an important personality, perhaps the president of the country, a famous musician, a sport man or an actor. One might really get excited and probably feel honoured to have a very famous person single one out and relate with him/her and might equally do almost anything to get his or her attention.
Whatever the case might be, if one loves another and wants to get his/her recognition, one might do few extraordinary things to show it. In a similar way, God loves every person on the face of the earth and has definitely made this known. The highest and clearest way God did this was to allow His Son to die for us “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8, NLT).
Is It Worth Dying For?
Now let’s carefully examine that. Depending on how much you love someone, you might be willing to sacrifice your pen, meal, shirt, car and so on for that person’s sake. This may at times be difficult, especially if you still desire to have these things. But giving your very own life, for whatever reason, might be an extremely impossible thing. Do you know that this is what Christ did? He gave His life for our sake. Imagine, God gave His very own life, the life of His son, HIS ONLY SON. Now isn’t that a high demonstration of love?
‘There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.’ (John 15:13, NLT)
For Those Who Don’t Deserve it
Even though dying for someone’s sake sounds like a big sacrifice of love, one thing that makes it more striking is that Christ died for us while ‘we were still sinners’, ‘utterly helpless’ and ‘ungodly’ (Romans 5:6-8). Christ didn’t decide to die for us because we were good enough and deserved it, but because we were sinners and needed it. As humans, we find it easy to love people who are nice and good to us, but very difficult to love those who do evil to us or have a kind of behaviour that we dislike. That being the case, even if it were possible for us to give up something such as our life or anything else; it would most likely be for someone we consider good, not for someone who we regard as bad. But that’s another unique thing about the love of God. He didn’t show such a great sacrifice for us because we were good, but while we were His enemies. He didn’t wait for us to be good enough. He came to us as we were, to show us His love, bring us to Him and through it make us good enough.
Why Does He Bother?
Now if someone were taking several attempts to get another’s attention, it is likely that we assume that he/she is in search of something from the person; probably in order to feel important or to benefit from the person’s wealth and so on. And in such cases, the one seeking love looks at the one whose love he/she is seeking as superior and him/herself as inferior, willing to do anything to get attention. But when God showed us such immense love, why did He do it?
When we come to think of God’s greatness and splendor, He created everything in the entire universe. Even the earth, on which we live, is only a tiny fraction of the things God created. But when compared to the size of man, the earth is quite a mighty object. If all these great and mighty things created by God reveal to us how great He is, why does He bother about man? What is man but an object that he made? This is what the psalmist couldn’t understand when he wrote:
‘When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are people that you should think about them,
mere mortals that you should care for them?’ (Psalms 8:3-4, NLT)
The Reason for Everything
The answer is quite simple; BECAUSE HE LOVES US. There is nothing that we have to offer to God that would make Him interested in us. What do we even have that He didn’t give us (1 Corinthians 4:7, James 1:17). God’s nature is love (1 John 4:7) and He has shown how much He loves us by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. In our own, we have deserted and departed from God (Isaiah 53:6). Everyone born is a sinner without exception (Romans 3:23).
However, because He does not want us to perish in our sins, God sent His Son, Jesus to die and pay the price for our sins. When we believe in Jesus, all our sins are blotted out. God no longer sees us as a sinner but as one who is holy and righteous: He sees us just as He sees Jesus.
‘And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!" For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 5:18-21, NLT; emphasis added)
You really don’t want to ignore a love so great shown to you by the Almighty God. If you’d like to embrace His love and enjoy a wonderful Father-child relationship with Him, then you need to accept His way of making you right with Himself- Jesus Christ.
You could talk to God in these words: ‘Thank you God for loving me and sending Jesus to die for my sins. I want to receive the love that you have shown for me. Therefore I confess that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and I believe you raised Him from the dead for my salvation. Thank you once again. In Jesus name I pray. Amen’
You know what: God wants to save you more than you want to be saved. The Bible says: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Romans 10:13, NLT). CONGRATULATIONS!
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