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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

He First Loved Us


God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We love because He first loved us.

—Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:19 (NKJV)



We are God’s passion. Jesus gave His life for us. There is nothing more He could have given. His passionate love delivered us from sin, and sickness, and conveyed to us the gift of God’s righteousness. He held nothing back from us. His fervent grace was costly. It cost Him everything. Even though His grace cost us nothing, when we accept His salvation, it commands us to love as He first loved us. But we cannot love as He first loved us until we allow the Holy Spirit to convince us of His love for us. Trusting His unconditional love for us without any doubt, pours His love into us for others.


Have I allowed His grace to change my perspective from the old person I once was? Have I allowed my failures, problems, and even memory of sins that were crucified with Christ to hold me back? When I believe in my heart that His passionate grace crucified the old person I was—and I am now reborn as a new person, I am consumed with His love. The old me is gone. I am free to love as He first loved me. There is nothing I want to deny Him. His passionate love flows without hindrance. 


In 1 Kings 19:21, Elisha, having been chosen by Elijah, walks away from all he has been. He destroys what is left in his life that might draw him back from his call. He accepts the cloak and purpose of His Master without hesitation. Jesus calls me to let go of the bondage of the past that has defined me. He calls me to let go of what has kept me from understanding the new person He has made me and to believe by faith in the miracle of His new life in me. 


With my surrender, I am ready to receive the revelation of who He is in my life. The Word teaches me my new identity. My mind is renewed by its Truth (Romans 12:2). I am chosen, redeemed, forgiven, healed, blameless, favored, accepted, and sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:3-13). I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). I choose to believe all that He reveals. I put on my new identity (Ephesians 4:23-24) and take ownership of its truth. His passionate grace fuels my heart. 


On the Cross, Jesus declared that I was His ultimate passion. When I believe who He is in me, I declare He is mine. I walk away from all I have believed myself to be. I accept the truths of the new person Jesus says I am.


Do you know and believe what His passion has given you? Abandon who you have believed yourself to be. Be renewed by the Word until you believe it in your heart. Just as Elisha accepted Elijah’s cloak, accept Christ’s identity as your own. Hold nothing back. Don’t believe what the enemy or anyone else says. Only believe what Christ says. Believe who He says you are.


Surrendering is only costly when you do not believe in the cost of what Christ has given you. When you believe the full value of His love for you—that His finished work on the Cross paid the full debt of your sin, you know you are new and complete in His grace. You hold nothing back. With your surrender comes the greatest fulfillment—the belief that you and the Father are one in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). What is His, is also yours. It is a joy that is unspeakable and full of glory!


While you were yet a sinner, Christ gave His life for you. You are now new in His love because He held nothing back. You hold nothing back when you spiritually grasp the depth of His passion for you. Your whole perspective changes. You believe His love for you. The truth of your new identity is the foundation of your life. You believe God loved you before you ever loved Him. You are free from your iniquities of shame and guilt because He took your punishment. You receive His unconditional love without hesitation. And His love in you flows unreservedly.  It cannot be contained. 


God sees you through the perfect sacrifice of His beloved Son. You are His Beloved. You love as He first loved you.



© 2022 Lynn Lacher



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