Love Is Here

This is a song born out of frustration. Frustration from hearing the all too
common phrase, repeated all too often. It goes something like this, stop me if you’ve heard it:
“You know, I would know that God loves me, if He would only…..”
And therein lies the problem.
If He would only what?
What, pray tell, does God need to do to convince you of His love?
Does He need to give you the man of your dreams?
Land you the dream job you’ve always wanted?
Give you straight A’s?
I don’t know.
But I think it’s fair to say, we play a dangerous game
when we start demanding that God prove something that He’s already proven.
“God demonstrates his love in this; that while we were still sinners
Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Which means, if I am feeling unloved, if I am dissatisfied, then I must look to the cross.
“This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life….(I John 3:16)
No games, no gimmicks, no self-help steps to a better me, just Jesus. Just His blood.
The duty of the Christian is no longer to work in order to earn God’s merit,
Christ has already done that on our behalf,
rather, the new responsibility for those who are in Christ,
is to put all their effort, all their desire, and all of their work
into simply resting in what Jesus has done for us.
He demonstrates and proves his love one way; by suffering the wrath of God in our place.
Over and over. Day in, day out. One sacrifice for all eternity.
What other proof do we need?
What act of love could surpass that of the Son of God dying under the weight of our shame?
The love we’re looking for is here. It’s now. It’s at the cross.
“In this is love: not that we love God, but that He loved us and gave His Son
as a propitiation for our sins.” (I John 4:10)
As Brennan Manning would say, “we already have what we seek,”
and this, my friends, is what we will fight our whole lives to believe.