Jer 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
The Lord in his message to his prophet says: I have actively loved you. This love is a love that will never end. And it is with this love, that I act kindly towards you. To God’s people, the Lord Jesus says the same : I have actively loved you, this love will never end and I will act kindly towards you. What a blessed message to us as His people! What undeserving merit and favour has been granted to us His people that we should be called the children of GOD! What is the proper response then should we have to this wonderful love?
- We will sin no more: The woman was caught in adultery, a gross sin in Jesus’ day: a gross sin today!! She was caught by merciless men, who wanted to use her to advance their ends. The Lord demonstrated His love towards her by protecting her from her condemners, but He himself has the authority to condemn her as well, because He is Holy. He is Just! But He said these words Joh 8:11 … Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Why is it that Jesus can excuse her sin? one may ask! dear friend, Jesus did not excuse her sin, He paid for it! At the cross. So is it with us: He paid the price of our sin at the cross: and thus tells us to go and sin no more. Are we still dwelling with sin??
- We will serve Him more: The demoniac was isolated, removed from others and shunned by men. He lived a poor life, a deranged life among the tombstones, and a doomed life. There was no hope for him in this life, and there will no hope for him in the next. The Lord Jesus crossed the sea of Galilee to reach Him. Although the disciples learnt of His power over nature on the sea, they saw His love to this man. The transformed demoniac became a declarer of God’s good news. He went to Decapolis, ten cities, to tell people what had happened to him. We may not go far to tell the good news, but do we serve Jesus more. Is our lives merely coming to the Saviour and going away free? Not, returning any offerings to Him who has given us all things?? Are we serving Him more??
- We will submit to Him more: When we say we love the Lord, there is the obedience to His word. Obedience stems from a heart of submission to the Lord and to His instructions. We say we love the Lord more, when we show we will live for the Lord more…
Dear brethren, do you love the Lord as much as we say we do? He actively loves us without end, and His kindness is motivated by His love. May we love Him actively, without end and may all our service be motivated by our love to Him.
Evangelist – Pastor Johnny Tan
Ambassador Baptist Church