Love is open-eyed. It sees people and loves them as they are. Thank God He loves me and you right where we are. It’s a fact. Let me say that again, it’s a fact. A fact according to whom? According to God’s infallible Word:
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV)
…and based on the fact that it is impossible, let me say that again, the fact that it is impossible, for God to lie:
“For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6:16-18 NKJV)
…we can love as God has commanded we do.
I hate sin. I wish I hated it more when I discover it’s mine. I seem to have no trouble hating it when I see it in the world and in the people I love. There it is – there are people I love yet I hate their sin. I sometimes get the two confused; as if I’ve never been there or can’t still go there. I’m so thankful God sees me and sees that in me. By the power of His Holy Spirit at work in me I can submit to Him and do better. I want to do better.
Be encouraged – love is not blind; it is open-eyed – it sees people and loves them as they are. In fact, it refuses to leave them that way. I thank God for that:
“But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thes. 2:13-14, NKJV)
Love, blessings, and encouragement,
Dina Seaton serves in Marketing at America’s Keswick, was saved by grace in 2000, and has been on staff since 2002. Dina loves Jesus because He first loved her. She is thankful to be called “Mom” for the last twenty years by her one and only son whom she adores more than words can say.