Mankind had been found guilty, we were condemned. The sentence for our sins had been passed, Death. However, at the cross Christ took our place, bore our punishment and cleared our name.

“Having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14)

Colossians 1:19-20 says that the Father was pleased to reconcile all the broken pieces in the universe to be reconciled with Him, through the blood that was poured out on the cross. Jesus was found to be more than enough to contain all of creation and all mankind in perfect harmony before God.

The bible explains that the outcome of this reconciliation with God is to live a life of love.

The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God (1Timothy 1:5). God’s model for love is selfless. When God loved the world he held nothing back and gave of Himself to save us. His love pursued after us without taking away our free will to reject him. He paid the price for loving us and we received the gifts of his love freely. This is the kind of love we are called to live in. It is also the kind of love we are called to give away.

Luke 10:30-35, describes the difference between outward appearances and the truth of our nature as Christians. Jesus found the Levite and the priest lacking in love and compassion that was their calling and purpose. However. the Samaritan truly served God according to what he received. We are called to bind up and heal this broken world as much as Jesus healed us and made us whole.

The world longs for something to believe in. Some believe in money, some live under allusions of control and power and some escape whatever shattered reality they are living with, in a haze of drugs and alcohol. All of this is counterfeit of the real thing. God’s loving arms is the only place that provides us with everything we need, it is in him that our lives are precious and secure, it is in his presence our reality becomes transformed from fallen man to raised up sons. Having faith in God is the answer to our hunger for something to believe in.

No matter what our vice, Gods mercy is enough to blot it out. When we are transformed in His love into his image, He lifts us up as the visible manifestation of His goodness. He shows the world how far his love can take us. (1Timothy 1:15-19)

Let this mind be in you which was in Christ. Even though he was deity He humbled Himself. Even though he was supreme He was obedient. Even though He was all powerful He stayed on the cross until death. This is love uncontaminated. He is worth believing in.

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