Before you think this is a reworked transcript from an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, hang on with me for a minute. I was listening to a song a little while ago that provoked this thought.
Many people go through life and feel unloved. Some go through life and think they know what love is. To some, it is lust or a tingly feeling that is emotionally charged. Few go through life with an experiential knowledge of what true love is.
I am thankful to say that I know what true love is. Let me clarify that I am not talking about my wife, although it was a blessing to find love at age 34 after a 14-year marriage that ended disastrously. As great as my wife’s love is for me and vice versa, it cannot be a perfect love because it involves two flawed human beings. The love I have known for most of my life is a love that is unconditional.
I encountered this love as a 6-year old boy. It is like the love of a parent but so much better. At this point in my life, I heard about a love that traded my life for His. I heard about someone who did not have to die but chose to die so I would not have to. A love that would not let me go until I accepted this love.
God showed His love by sending Jesus Christ to the cross to take my place (Romans 5:8; John 3:16). It is an invitation for whoever to believe. “Greater than has no one than this, than that a man would lay down his life for His friends” (John 15:13). Romans 4 says Abraham believed God, and it was accounted unto him as righteousness. When you and I accept this unconditional love and give our life back to Him, He gives us His righteousness. When we refuse this gift, we pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23).
You might think about the despicable things you have done in your life. You have cheated people. You gave yourself away for money or just a cheap thrill. You wasted your life with drugs and alcohol. You broke the hearts of everyone who loves you. Jesus can wash this all away. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).
Jesus is waiting with open arms. He doesn’t want to leave you the same. Leave your sin and shame behind and accept His robe of righteousness. Walk in newness of life today and don’t pick up the junk of your past. Accept true love today.