“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
I know, you are now quoting 1Corinthians 13! No, I’m not going there! We are going to take a different path to understand “What’s Love?” We want to believe that we have mastered love because we smile all the time and say kind things to people. Let’s not forget that we feed the hungry and give to the poor. Now we believe we have hit the nail on the head by our standard of what love is, right! Wrong! We have still missed the mark of the love that Christ displayed on Calvary! Godly love requires sacrifice that breaks every rule of our tolerance! The question again is, What’s Love? The answer is found at the cross of Jesus!
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy time seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22). I suppose after Peter heard Jesus reply, he thought to himself, “How will I track of the offences? How sad that we keep record of people’s sins and their wrong doings. Do you keep records of who insulted you or did not do what we thought was right? I think that is a very pain staking process of so called love. I mean, you wouldn’t waste your time on a stranger to record of their sins against you, would you? Therefore, it would probably be someone who you care about. For instance, we would care if we were offended by a family member or a longtime friend. These are the people we judge so harshly. Let us notice that Peter was asking about a brother! He was not talking about a stranger. “Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold mother and my brethren! For Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:48-50).
How many of us are not speaking to a family member because they have insulted us or have stolen something from us? Some members have even had the nerve to lie on us! We have disconnected all communications and resigned that they are not worthy of our forgiveness. Let’s not forget about the Church family, which is considered by Christ himself, our primary spiritual family. We attend church each week and do not speak to half the congregation because of something that happened twenty years ago or even last week. We didn’t like the way he or she spoke to me! I suppose Jesus would turn over in his grave “IF HE WERE THERE!” However, Jesus eyes are upon us ever moment and he reminds us in his word that “While we were yet sinners, he died for us!” In other words Saints, while we insulted and offended God, through his DEATH, he FORGAVE US!
What’s Love? It is FORGIVENESS! It means that we forgive our offenders and pray for them. Whether it be mother, father, sister or brother, friend or enemy. “But I say unto you, LOVE your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.” I know this seems impossible, but let’s revisit the Cross of Jesus, who died for our sins, we are GUILTY. Yet he stretched out his arms and died to prove that he loved us and God the Father through our faith forgave us all our sins! What’s Love? FORGIVENESS! I urge you to forgive those who have sinned against you and become a true child or God. Let your offended know that you have forgiven them, so that you may be free and they may be free! Throw the record book away and breathe, because keeping track of seventy times seven will make us judges and not children of God.
If you need an example of forgiveness, read the four Gospels and review the testimonies of Jesus’ disciples, who were witnesses of his REDEEMING LOVE! Now, let’s start showing true love by forgiving our offenders. We can start by praying and asking the Lord to forgive us for being hard hearted. Then we can reach out and say, “I’m sorry for being angry with you, please forgive me.” I promise you a burden will be lifted off of your heart.” Thank God for Jesus and God bless you! Amen.
Written by Jessica L. Matthews