Pastor Kevin Williams
It is good for us to show love to family and friends. It is also good for us to reflect with gratitude on those who have shown love to us. As Christians, we can especially rejoice in God's love for us. Romans 5:8 tells us that "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." God certainly proved His love for us, and we should respond by loving Him in return.
Jesus even said that this is the greatest commandment--"Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength." We know that we must love God above everything else with our entire being, but can you honestly affirm that this is true of you? Do you love God with all your heart, or have you allowed love for other things to dampen your passion for Him? Have you noticed that your heart has grown cold? Has the blazing fire dwindled into a small flickering flame?
How can we restore a passionate love for God in our hearts? What should we do to cultivate a greater love for our Lord? I believe there is an important truth that we find in Luke 7. While Jesus was eating dinner at the home of a Pharisee, a woman comes to worship Him. She washes Jesus' feet with expensive ointment, and as she does she weeps. She realized her sinfulness and need for His forgiveness (vv. 37-38). But the Pharisees in the room began to complain that Jesus would allow this from a sinful outcast.
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees. He said, "When I entered your house you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You did not greet me with a kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You neglected to anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil." (vv. 44-46)
Do you see the contrast in the fervency of love between this woman and the Pharisees? What caused such a difference? Jesus gives the answer in what He says next to the Pharisees. "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." (v. 47)
There is an important principle in these words of Jesus. Our love for Him will increase in proportion to our understanding of our need for His forgiveness. You see, the Pharisees didn't think they were in need of forgiveness. They didn't see themselves as sinners. They thought they had earned God's favor. In their minds, there was little need for God's mercy. But this woman recognized the depths of her sin and her great need for forgiveness. Because see understood that her debt was enormous, she greatly loved the One who forgave (see Luke 7:41-42).
How can you cultivate a greater love for God? There are two things to understand. First, understand the wickedness of your sin. Second, understand the greatness of God's mercy. This is why we must meditate on the Gospel every day. The Gospel tells us that we are sinners deserving of God's wrath. But the Gospel also tells us that we can be forgiven by God through faith in His Son. The Gospel is Good News that cultivates a greater love for God in His children.
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Pastor Kevin Williams and the staff of Tri-City Baptist Church write or re-post articles based on God's Word the Bible. These articles are meant to be applied to daily life and Christian living by God's grace.