1 John 4:10-11(ESV)
10. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Propitiation. An action. An appeasement. A satisfying. An atonement. The ultimate sacrifice for our sake. Do we live our lives like we truly appreciate what was done for us, and more importantly, do we live our lives loving others like we’ve been loved? Do we love like God loves us?
Acts 16:31New Living Translation (NLT)
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”
Now that’s love. I know in our house it’s the single most debated and discussed issue because it impacts every other issue. It’s the lens that I work to put in everyone’s worldview filter, starting at home. It’s made an impact I believe, at least so far. Outside of home, it’s on the way I love my life, the love I have for others. It’s a huge pardon shift from where I spent most of my life.
Guess what? It works.
Hebrews 6:17-18 (ESV)
17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
Two things, the counsel and oath of God, cannot change.
Hold fast to the words we’re given. Believe. Love. Go forward.