Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God–God remains in him and he in God.
Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.
In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world.
No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.
There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear,
We love because He first loved us.
The forgiving sinner love Jesus because he is his precious savour, and was redeemed from theirs sins. Even when they continue in their sin Jesus still love them and the sinner feels the savour love. True love (agape) is self-giving it does not compel someone it simply love there’s love no condition, and the person is willing to go into harm way to rescue some one of the danger. For example, solder in the heat the battle would retrieve wounded comrade and bring them into safety, and even if he severally wounded. They would be consider him a hero, and he would be rewarded a medal of honor for his bravery. John Stott wrote,” but if I were drowning in the sea or trapped in the burning building, and it was in attempting to rescue me that you lost your life, then I would indeed see love not folly in your actions.”
Out love for the Father and humankind Jesus was willing to and die on a cruel cross, and take sinful man place, and rescue them from their helpless estate. John Stott wrote,” In the same way, the death of Jesus on the cross cannot be seen as a demonstration of love in itself, but only if he gave his life in order to rescue ours. His death must be seen to have had an objective before it can have an appeal. Paul and John saw love in the cross because they understood his it respectively as a death for sinners.” As scripture states,” But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. As stated in scriptures,” For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Repenting of ones sins and love of the sinner work together, and they should not be separated. For instance, God hates the sin but love the sinner. Theologians in past, present, and the future have debated and will continue hash out this issue. Some feel very strong that out love for mankind that Jesus died for them. While others feel you need to repent, confess, and believe that they’re sinner, and it was your sin that causes Jesus death. While one flock will side with the love theologian, and will other favour repenting, confessing, and believing often they create a breakup and hardship between the church family occurred where brother stop talking each other.
Personally I pick the latter, that being said the Bible clearly teaches both, and they should stay together. John Stott wrote, Anselm was right to understand the cross as a satisfaction for sin, but he should lay more emphasis on God’s love. Abelard was right to see the cross as the manifestation of love, but wrong to deny what Anselm affirmed. Abelard and Anselm need each others positive witness, the one to God’s justice and the other to his love. Four it was precisely making a just satisfaction for sin that the manifestation of love took place. Plus he wrote” John Stott wrote,” redemption is the greatest love kindled in us by Christ’s passion, a love which not only deliver us from the bondage of sin, but also acquires for us the true freedom of children where love instead of fear becomes the ruling affection.Furthermore he,” So when we look at the cross we see the justice, love wisdom, and power of God.
I’ve been involved in a church where I left over an issue, and others within the same denomination separate over the direction in which the church was going. It is heartrending time on both sides of aisle. Some of the brothers are still not talking because of these issues, and that are heartbreaking for me. To me these people, are still my brothers in the Lord. Even thou I disagree with them, and still take issue with them yet still love them.
When see the depth and the beauty of the cross the repugnance of the cross vanished before your eyes. Where you can help express these words in the bible,”Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor? “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” Or the Hymn written by Isaac Watts,” Nature with open volume stands, To spread her maker’s praise abroad; And every labor of His hands Shows something worthy of a God. But in the grace that rescued man His brightest form of glory shines; Here, on the cross, ’tis fairest drawn, In precious blood and crimson lines. Here His whole name appears complete; Nor wit can guess, nor reason prove, Which of the letters best is writ, The power, the wisdom, or the love. Here I behold His inmost heart, Where grace and vengeance strangely join, Piercing His Son with sharpest smart, To make the purchased pleasure mine. O! the sweet wonders of that cross, Where God the Savior loved and died Her noblest life my spirit draws From His dear wounds and bleeding side. I would forever speak His name, In sounds to mortal ears unknown; With angels join to praise the Lamb, And worship at His Father’s throne.
Lastly should we listen to scholars, philosophers of the age whom God set himself against. The Jews who find the cross a stumbling block or cleverly devises or mankind wisdom in which here today gone tomorrow. Or the foolishness of the cross in which it build on a solid foundation. My mother had many wise saying this one treasure the most ” make sure that what you work for is something you can take over Jordan with you.” As scriptures states,” For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.”
So defend the gospel for God is on our side. Even thou we’re few numbers, and we’re numbers we still fight. Remember there were only 120 men and women in the upper room when the Holy Spirit descend on them Pentecostal Day. Yet they preached the gospel. Many of them were killed preaching the gospel. Perhaps these words in which came from Aragorn when he echo these words to his men when facing the Orcs before going in battle which they were greatly out numbered, In the movie Return of King, “Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But, it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*. These few mighty warriors went into battle these words etch their minds.
We must have this mindset when preaching the gospel.