Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Love That Always Wins

June 26th 2015 went down in history as the day that "love won." On this day the supreme court legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. In the following days, the hashtag "love wins" and profile pictures taken over by rainbows flooded social media. Many rejoiced, many were angry, but the worst reaction of all came from "Christians" who took the situation as an opportunity to bruise others with their beliefs.

Love Wins

That night I saw the most beautiful rainbow on my drive home. It made me reflect on the true meaning of the rainbow. If you don't know, God placed the first rainbow in the sky after he flooded the earth to wash it clean of sin. He placed it there as a reminder that he would never again destroy the earth with a flood. Even deeper, it is symbolic of the hope and love that can be found in Jesus despite our sin.

Instead of being angry when we see the rainbow being used to represent gay pride, we should remember its true meaning. We should allow it to remind us that we should be planting seeds of love, not of condemnation. We all know what John 3:16 says, but we tend to forget about verse 17. It says "God sent His son to the world, not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." The only person who has ever been without sin is Jesus. For some reason we forget that and we are quick to throw stones, but just because our sins haven't made national news doesn't mean they are hidden from God. The great news is that just as we ALL have sinned, we can ALL be forgiven if we accept Jesus. 

It's our duty as believers to make it known that the love that always wins is the love of Jesus. To do this we have to drop the name calling, the judging and the hate. We have to start seeing the person, not the sin. The bible says "if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is brought to full expression in us (1 John 4:12)." We often miss the opportunity to love one another because we are more concerned with others' shortcomings than their salvation. We may be the only example of Jesus' love people come into contact with. We need to make sure we are portraying Him correctly. 

Love Wins

If you are a Christian, would you lay down your weapons today? Remember that just as Jesus didn't come to this world to judge it, we are not here to judge either. We should strive to be so focused on loving others that their sin becomes invisible to us.

If you are struggling with homosexuality or are caught in some other sin, whatever it may be, I just want to say I am not here to judge you. I see you for who God created you to be and I want to share his great love with you. His love is one that you can never be separated from once you have received it. His love is the love that always wins

Side Note:
Did you know that most rainbows are actually circular? You have to be above ground to see the whole thing. What a perfect picture of our lives. From where we stand we can only see what's right in front of us, but our God above can see it all. He knows how every piece of our lives fit together to tell a beautiful, colorful story.

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