“God’s love is relentless in its determination that we be cured of our sins, at whatever the cost to us or to Him.” -C.S. Lewis
Plumb the depth of our sin with the plumb-line of Christ’s suffering; mark the breadth of His love for us by His willingness to exact the price. The cure for sin cost God dearly. It was put on display by the bloody sacrifice of His only begotten Son.
And what does it cost us?
On the other side of redemption, perhaps a lifetime of obvious sin and ruinous living is the pathway to the cross. For others, it is a terrible awareness that their lives are like whitewashed tombs, appearing beautiful on the outside but inside full of dead man’s bones and all uncleanness.
On this side of our salvation it costs the denial of self, taking up our own cross daily and following Him. A willingness to identify with His suffering may be the price we pay. The oft times arduous way of sanctification. Perseverance until the end. A life of obedience. The mortification of the flesh. But, whatever the cost to us, it pales in significance to and hinges entirely upon what He has already done for us.
Either way, understanding that our sin affliction can only be cured by the excruciating death of the One Innocent God-Man should humble us.
God’s love hounds us from the day we are born until the day we die. God’s love follows us into eternity. It is all adamant mercy and obstinate Grace. It is audacious in scope, resolute in its efficacy, and finds its full expression in the Glory of the Gospel.
Praise God for His relentless love!
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel
(See: John 1:16-17; 15:13; Matthew 23:27; Rom. 3:23-24; 5:6-8; I Peter 2:21; Luke 9:23)