Many people have different perceptions of Love. Love is a word that is often used to show a deeper level in relationships. Parents, kids, and families often use this word to express their affection to one another. Close friends and those in relationships also use this same word. When it comes to love people often say that it is something that has to be shown. There has to be a corresponding action that is a showcase of the love in order for the recipient of the word to truly believe it to be true. If this is true, God will never be topped based on what he did for his children on Calvary.
God’s Radical Love
God’s love is incomparable. God sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of man. When Christ came on this earth assigned with the task of suffering and dying for not his own sins, but the sins of this world, it was the greatest moment in time. It was the ultimate display of love. Romans 5:9, “But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” This is amazing. This is phenomenal. This is heart-wrenching. Tell me how many times you took the blame for something someone else did wrong. Tell me who you would take out of jail and finish their time? Tell me who you would dies for? Tell me if you would take the blame for someone you knew would reject you, basically who would not appreciate you or even acknowledge the love you showed? Well, that’s what God did for us. Once and for all he died. This was the optimal display of love that could ever be shown for YOU, for US ALL! We are his creation and children, and he did what was necessary for us to have the opportunity to have a restored relationship with him.
The Radical Love of the Believer
As believers, God is looking for us to love too. Matthew 16:24 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me.” It would be impossible for us to love as God desires us to love without him. Moreover, it would be impossible for us to love as God desires us to love by doing it our own way. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In order to operate in Radical Love as God does, we need Him. So what does Radical love look like for the believer? We know that God does not want us to die for someone else physically. Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a LIVING sacrifice, holly, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. So again, what does Radical love look like for the believer?
When someone has hurt you or hurt someone you know, one of the hardest things in our own mind and ability is forgiving them. This is a great example of Radical Love. When you choose to forgive, it will not make sense to others. Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” I saw a movie called the Shack, please go check it out. I read the book years ago. There was a scene in the movie where the main character made a choice to forgive the man who murdered his daughter. He said he was still angry after he said it. Nevertheless, he did it to free himself. Forgiveness is for the offended. Don’t be held bondage to a situation or an individual. If everyone fells you, know that you are loved by the mighty God. He will never let you down.