I often hear people being offended when you point out that Yahweh does judge our sins. The usual comment is, “Hey, Jesus loves me just the way I am, what’s wrong with that?“
Well, there is nothing wrong with that. Indeed, Jesus does love you just as you are. I mean, right from the beginning of the story about Jesus it says that He loves you so much that he will die in order to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Later, in the twenty second chapter, Jesus told a story about a wedding and that after those who were invited to the wedding didn’t come, he gave instructions to “Invite everyone you find to the wedding!” Unfortunately, some of those who were invited, weren’t dressed in the wedding clothes that he provided. And they were kicked out! That is significant, because at the end of the story, Jesus said, “Many are invited, but few of those are chosen to stay” (Matthew 22:14)
Do you remember the instructions Jesus gave to those who were interested in following Him?
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads away to destruction is wide and spacious and broad, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow and contracted by pressure and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it! (Matthew 7:13-14)
Here’s the thing, He never intended for you to remain as you are! It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with hatred, greed, sexual sins, selfishness, drugs, alcohol and all of the other failures of our natural character!
He died for us so we can be saved, changed, and redeemed to allow a correct standing with His Father. Jesus assured us of this when he said, “if the Son liberates you and makes you free, then you are really and unquestionably free! (John 8:36). But added, “Those who love me will obey me. My Father will love them, and we will go to them and make our home with them. A person who doesn’t love me doesn’t do what I say. I am not making up what you hear me say. What I say comes from the Father who sent me!” (John 12:23-24). Our obedience proves our love for Him!
Ooh, talk like that really offends people. But as I have said many times: A true believer is trying get away from their sin; the others are trying to get away with their sins. We are told that the Holy Spirit was sent, among other things, to convict us of sin. So, if there is no conviction of sin, there must not be any Holy Spirit in your life! If you have not Holy Spirit, you have not be reborn and received the Salvation that has been offered to you. If that offends you, then search your heart.
John the Baptizer proclaimed, “Do those things that prove you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act — Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance. Let your lives prove your change of heart! (Matthew 3:8)
It has nothing to do with a sentimental affection, or an “ooey gooey” sensation. You may indeed be very sincere in claiming that you “love” the Lord, but the evidence is seen in the changes in your life: the change in your language, the change in your values. the change in your behavior and even the things that upset you, offend you, displease you, annoy you, and that you can no longer tolerate in your life . . . all of them will change!
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