The Totality of God's Love

The Totality of God's Love


I often hear "Jesus loves me so much that he'll allow me to continue to be disobedient and never reap the bad seeds that I sow." I often hear people describe that to be the love of God. It's the "Jesus did all on the cross, so that I could do whatever and never experience the consequences of whatever I do" and the "it's okay to be a mess, and stay a mess phenomenal" spreading in the church. I hear this so much in the body of Christ that I started to wonder if maybe I don't know God as well as I believe I do, because I have experienced the totality of God's love, meaning the kindness, grace, and mercy, as well as the protection and discipline. This morning I read Hebrews 12 and I was reminded about the totality of God's love.

Hebrews 12 reads as follows: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, LET US (My notes: We have to do it. God's love isn't going to do it for us, although his love will most definitely help us get through our circumstances and it will not give up on us as we continue to choose his will) throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And LET US run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Revelation 3:14-22 read as follows: “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”