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May 25, 2020 First Love: Perfect Love - Pastor Perry Windecker

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:32-34 NIV).


Reflection


I can remember first falling in love. Always wanting to be near, always wanting to please and do for. I would stop by her work and drop little things off to make her smile, like a flower, her favorite ice cream, or something silly to make her laugh. These are the days of perfect love, the days before self enters in. See, we live in an imperfect world and in imperfect bodies that find ways to tarnish and corrupt. God, however is perfect in His love and His love does not tarnish, fade or turn cold. He never wants to stop doing for you. He will always love you. Read, Romans 5:8 (NRSV), “But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” He never stops wanting to do the little and the big things for and with you. His love is unfathomably perfect.


Let’s look into this passage at how much God loves us and what He has done and is doing for us. First, He did not spare His own son. Jesus died for me and you to atone for our sins. Even though He, Yahweh held the knife back from Abraham’s son, He did not from His own. The term gracious in all things is referring to God’s grace. That which we did not deserve He gives freely.


Next, we read, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one.” Who can condemn that which God Himself has justified? Justified, meaning acquitted, released from the power of sin and death. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1-2 (NRSV). That which God sets free is free indeed.


In addition to all of this He is still at work loving you. The last part of this passage says, “Christ Jesus who died —more than that, who was raised to life —is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Jesus died for us upon the cross, and the resurrection power of God raised Him from the dead, defeating sin and death once and for all. Yes all! Refer to the first part of this passage “but gave him up for us all.” He loves us all and wants us all to become His children. But He did not stop there, He ascended and sits at the right hand of God interceding for us. The “right hand” is often referred to as a place of power, honor, favor and most of all the judgment seat.


God’s love for us is perfect. It never loses its luster and never stops wanting to do for us. It is sacrificial, full of grace, and eternal. He gives freedom freely to all. He wants all to come to Him and to love on all. I encourage you to read this passage in the light of 1 Corinthians 13.


When was the last time you had someone love you perfectly?


What has Jesus done for you? What is Jesus doing for you?

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