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What is Love? A Spiritual Mirror:

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

John 3:16–17: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” (NASB)

I believe I hear this verse quoted more often than any other verse in the Bible; since this is love, have you looked deeply into its core meaning? Since it’s written that Jesus is God – the Word made flesh and the Word is truth, than truth is the ultimate substance of love.

The Word – God – Jesus came to proclaim the truth to the world, but in doing so it cost Him his very life via the horrible torture of flogging and the cross; which in turn brought about salvation for those who embraced the truth bringing about a rebirth – not judgment.

Yet today in the Church at-large we have embraced the lie that love does not expose sin, and if we expose sin as sin, we are also then judgmental, e.g., exposing abortion, homosexuality and so on as sin; however exposing sin as sin (as defined in God’s Word) is actually the highest form of love and not judgment, because it is the only path to salvation.

Are you born-again? Is Christ in you? If yes, then are you willing to take up your cross and deny yourself for the sake of truth – to love enough to risk your life to deliver even just one from judgment – from the eternal Lake of Fire. The truth will cause both the world and those who just say “Lord, Lord” to hate you. Why? Because as it’s written, the world and the religious hated Jesus first; may I also remind you that it was the religious who hated the truth most – to the point of delivering the Truth (Jesus) to be nailed to a cross.

Do you think that to coddle sin with kind words – to dilute sin as not to offend is love? Then let me ask you, is that what the Word does – is that what the Word made flesh, Jesus would do? Look in the mirror, do you see Jesus in you? That said, first check the motive within your heart; are you giving people the truth to judge, or for their salvation like Jesus did? Will the world and religious then love you or gnash their teeth at you? How was Jesus embraced? As it’s written, if you do not take up your cross and deny yourself then you’re not worthy of the Kingdom of God.

Yes, there are many “Rembrandts” painting beautiful portraits of Jesus – but is it Jesus – is it salvation. (See the Blog post dated, October 2016.) The fragrance of Christ may be sweet to the born-again and to the sinner who is genuinely seeking the truth, but the truth is very noxious and offensive to the world and to the religious.

2 Corinthians 13:5: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” (NASB)

With the Love of Jesus,
Watchman Raymond D. Sopp