Topic: A Message Of Love [11th October 2017]
It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but canceling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation [of the restoration to favor] (2 Corinthians 5:19 AMPC).
The message of the Gospel is so simple. Our opening verse richly summarizes it as a message of love. Love doesn’t consider wrongs or hold an offence against the offender. The Bible says God isn’t counting men’s sins against them. That’s the message He’s charged us to preach around the world. God knows they would turn away from their sins and fall in love with Him if they heard and accepted His Gospel of love.
The reason the world doesn’t know God is that they don’t know how much He loves them. Love begets love. When they understand the love of God, they’ll respond accordingly. This is the reason He tells us to tell the world of His love. You too once had the Gospel preached to you before you received salvation. Thus, it’s your responsibility to take the same message of His love that transformed your life to the ends of the earth.
It’s our job—yours and mine—to let the world know that though sin separated man from God, the Lord Jesus consummated the reconciliation, and made peace between God and man through the sacrifice of His blood. Through that sacrifice, He presented all men holy and without blame to God (Ephesians 1:4). He delivered all men from the dominion and thraldom of darkness, and today, anyone who receives Him, receives newness of life; a life of righteousness. This is the good news He’s committed to us to preach.
We’re God’s ambassadors, sent into the world as ministers of reconciliation. The world will never hear or know what God has done if we don’t announce the Gospel through every available means. That’s why you must be a Gospel-activist, spreading the message of Christ’s love to your world, and to the regions beyond.
The Word of God, the Gospel of His love, is as fire shut up in my bones, and I can’t keep quiet. I herald this message with passion and conviction, knowing that it’s God’s power to liberate men from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Today, I make manifest the savour of the knowledge of Christ everywhere I go, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: John 3:16 1 John 4:9-10
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Colossians 4:2-18 Isaiah 52-53
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 5:10-18 1 Kings 17-18