Inseperable Love

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:35, 38-39 (NIV)

Love is a beautiful thing. It comforts us in our darkest hour, invigorates us to do our best, and gives us a sense that life, despite its challenges and sorrows, is a wonderful adventure. When we know that we are loved by someone for who we are, it can completely transform our outlook on life. The problem is that because of our fallen world, love has been corrupted. As humans we are accustomed to conditional love; a love which is based on a certain criterion that we have to meet. Should we fail to meet the standard in order to be worthy of conditional love, then we are discarded and shunned. If humans can only experience such love, we are also only capable of providing such love. Human pride may claim that we can love without any strings attached, but the truth is that we all have a breaking point to our love. Even the slightest hint of resentment in our hearts will make us refrain from showing our affection towards the one who has offended us.

Who then is capable of unconditional love? To answer this question we must go to the source of all love. It says in the Bible that God is love. His love is perfect in that He is the only one capable of loving us as we are. In our wicked and sinful state, though sin separated us from God, He still loved us. So much so that He laid down His life for us so that we may be free from our depraved nature and be reconciled to Him. When we have accepted this love, absolutely nothing will be able to tear us away from God. Our sins cannot separate us from Christ’s love anymore because the blood of Christ has cleansed us of our transgressions. It is hard for us humans, who have been conditioned to experience a love that has limits, to understand the kind of limitless love that only Christ can give. But Christ’s love is true and we can always find solace in this fact when we feel that we are unlovable because of something we have done or because of who we inherently are. As children of God, we love others because Christ first loved us. Only by having a heart that has been transformed by Him can we truly practice unconditional love.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Our Eternal God

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” -Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)

Human feelings are often unpredictable and the human heart is often whimsical. One day we may choose to act in kindness and generosity because we feel like it. However, because of circumstances along the way, we could refuse to keep acting in such a manner because we are not in the mood to do so; choosing instead to act in coldness and selfishness towards others. We react to the world around us and, because this world and everything in it is never constant and always fleeting, our feelings are subject to change as well. That is why the cliché to “follow your heart”, or to “do what your heart tells you”, is a lie. Following one’s heart, without Christ residing in it, often leads one to making foolish and destructive decisions because such decisions are based on human feelings which often change and act contrary to one another.

Thankfully, God is not human. It would be terrible and brutal world if He was. Consider the promise He made before Noah to never flood the Earth again in the manner He had done in order to purge sin from His creation. Yet, humanity has continued to insult and grieve God because of their persistence in continuing in their depravity. In my own human understanding, I would have broken my promise and have the Earth flooded all over again so that they would pay for their insolence. But thankfully, God is not human. He always upholds His promises, evident in the fact that the world hasn’t been visited again by the calamity that struck the Earth in Noah’s time. We as humans can also rest in the assurance that God’s love is eternal. Despite our failings and our constant grieving of His spirit, He stays by us, loves us, and works for the sanctification of His children and the world’s redemption. God’s love never tires when humanity seems to mock and spit on Him, He never throws His hands up in the air and says “I give up!” when it becomes hard to love the unlovable, as we might be when faced with similar circumstances. In a fluid and ever-changing world, how wonderful it is indeed to have your trust placed in a God who never changes. Who remains, and continues to remain, loving, gracious, and just in all His dealings towards His creation.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

On the Fleeting World

” For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” -1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)

Why do humans tend to focus on things that will pass away? Money, fame, success, relationships. When our time comes to die and be buried, will we be able to take these things with us? Naked we have come into this world and naked well will depart. Are these things evil in themselves? No, but once they become an obsession, a craving, not only does it become sin, but it becomes the source of much grief. How many people have all the money and wealth in the world, but are never satisfied? How many pursue fame and success, only to find emptiness? How many drift from relationship to relationship, yet never find happiness?

Humans feel that somehow the things of this world will make them complete. If only I get the contract, the degree, the right partner, then I will lack nothing. The sad reality is that this is not true. In this world, man will never be satisfied because everything thing in this world is fleeting, a chasing after the wind. One can lose money as quickly as they gained it. Fame and success may last during one’s lifetime and may even persist after their death. However, time eventually erodes human greatness. Friends come and go, and even spouses die eventually. In this world, where everything seems to slip from our grasp if it hasn’t already, what do we cling onto? He who calls upon the name of Christ will never thirst. Those who understand and believe in Christ’s sacrifice and His resurrection, and have dedicated their lives to Him, will never be restless. They will always find satisfaction in His eternal love and grace, and comfort in the hope of a beautiful life in the hereafter.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.