Supernatural Grace Givers

“Dearest friends who are eternally loved by the Lord, sacrificially and unconditionally love one another for God has given you a new nature and He has filled your hearts with His love. He has provided you with what you need in order to be able to give it to others. If you do not love one another unconditionally as Christ loves you; you show no evidence that you are born again. Only those who know God can love like God. It is impossible for the unregenerate to love appropriately so you have no favor in being like them.

God has shown us the height of His love in sending Christ, His only begotten Son into the world, so that we would live through Him. Be an example of that kind of love to all.

In Christ’s example of selflessness and costly devotion we see clearly that He has loved us first to point of death, so that we may be free from guilt, sin, and condemnation. Beloved of God, since you have received this outpouring of love from our Triune God, give it out abundantly to one another without reservation.” (my own version of 1 John 4: 7-11)

These are great words from a Divine pen. We, the elect of God, are the ones who should show the most grace and mercy and love since we are the ones who have received an incomprehensible pardon and blessing.

Our sins will never be counted against us. We will reside with God forever. We are His children. He is our dad. We are no longer under the threat of His wrath. We are counted as righteous.

God loves us even though we fall short and continue to sin.

God loves us despite our neglect of godly duties.

God loves us even in our forgetfulness.

God loves us in spite of our disobedience to His commands.

God loves us although we deny Him.

God loves us even when we fail to love Him.

God loves us in spite of our faithlessness.

God loves us even as we grieve the Holy Spirit.

God’s love cost Him everything – His only begotten son.

God’s love has been cast upon those who deserve nothing from Him.

God’s love includes every spiritual blessing that can be given to man.

God’s love is enormous and beyond measure because it is freely given and under no restraint.

This is the love of God. And what does it look like in our lives as we work it out?
Godly love relishes in lavishing goodness on those who do not deserve anything but disdain and punishment.
Godly love lifts our heads and hearts above ourselves and reflects the same radiance that Christ injects into our weakness and it sees the face of a brilliant Savior who daily cradles us in never-ending grace.
Godly love created a new self. Our new nature demands that we embrace the entire world with hands of unending benevolence showing to them what has been poured out into our hearts. We are ‘grace givers’ expecting nothing in return for whatever any human could ever give to us is to be counted as rubbish when compared to what our Lord has already reserved for us on our behalf.

We should grab a needy widow. Find a hungry orphan. Hug a single mom. Give up our life. Call our delinquent dad. Buy flowers for obnoxious Aunt Martha. Hold no grudges. Eat our pride. Manifest grace. Live like we mean it.

If your love costs you little, it means little. There must be something supernaturally strange about you and how you love others. Live like you mean it. Love like Christ and rejoice.

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About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on July 23, 2006, in Experiential / Application. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wow. This is the kind of blogging I like to see.

    100% Biblical and 100% convicting.

    Thank you brother.

    SDG,
    Carla

  2. I knew there was something strange about you, Eddie: you smell like Jesus.

  3. OK, now where did I set down that large burlap bag used in my attempt to kidnap Richard Barcellos. Since I missed him, maybe I need to go to Mississippi.

    😉

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