Posted by Pastor Brett

There are two different topics that almost every Christian blogger is talking about this week. Those two are: 1) Love, with Valentine’s Day in the air, and; 2) The new movie, Fifty Shades of Grey. I will handle these one at a time.

Love

While the focus for many on Valentine’s Day is romantic love, the Bible usually does not speak of that sort of love. It usually speaks of love as it is directed to us by God.

What does the Bible say about love, and how does God define love? 1 John 4:8 says that God is love. But, also, Romans 1:18-25 speak that God’s wrath will be poured out on the all of the wickedness of mankind.

Some are confused. Often, it will seem, when a person is in sin, they will appeal to God’s love. They will believe, or say, that God must approve of what they are doing, because God is love. Indeed, God is love. But, again, humans do many actions that displease our Lord.

John 8:44 quotes Jesus saying that some humans have the devil as their father! What a shocking statement, it would seem to us. But Jesus was correctly diagnosing the condition of their hearts and their desires, and attributing them correctly as having a source in Satan.

So, is God love? Yes! God loves everyone, all of humanity, so much that He sent His only Son to die for our sins. Whoever believes in Him will be saved, regardless of any sins (John 3:16).

But that does not mean God approves of any and all action a person takes. God hates sin. His wrath is intended for sin. The wrath of God is not something we should desire. If we come to Jesus, the wrath for our sins is no more.

But of course, as Paul so said in Romans, should we sin after we have found grace? No! (Rom. 6:1-2). After all, in Christ we are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Christ lives in us. The Holy Spirit dwells in us (1 Cor. 6:19). We have the chance, now, to live a life pleasing to God.

Of course, we are still going to struggle with sin (Rom. 7:15-20). We will until we leave this life. But we can be confident that Christ has covered that sin with His death. We are not what we were, and we are not yet what we will become in heaven. We will be conformed to the pattern of Jesus.

So remember, just because someone says that God is love, it does not mean He smiles on their behavior. God hates sin. He will pour His wrath on sin, and those who commit it, unless those people turn to Jesus. So thank God, today, for His love, and His holiness. He does away with the sin of that is inside us, and does so to the praise of His glory.

Fifty Shades of Grey

It is utterly vile, disgusting, pornographic trash. A Christian should have nothing to do with it.

Phew, I made my word limit. I was worried.

 

Until next time, in Christ,

 

Pastor Brett


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