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How do we Love?

The Dream
A man dreamed that he saw Jesus tied to a whipping-post, and a soldier was scourging Him. He saw the whip in the soldier's hand, with its thick lashes studded here and there with bits of lead, which were intended to cut into the flesh. As the soldier brought the whip down on the bare shoulders of Jesus, the dreamer shuddered when he saw the marks and blood-stains it left behind. When the soldier raised his hand to strike again, the dreamer rushed forward intending to stop him. As he did so the soldier turned around and the dreamer recognized himself!

The Jews or the Romans are often blamed for the awful sufferings and horrible crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but the Bible clearly says that the cause was our sins! “Christ died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:3). “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5).

The Bible teaches, “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). Our sin separates us from an absolutely holy God. Because of His love for us, God took the initiative to break the impasse “and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Yes, Jesus “suffered for (our) sins...that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18). 

Firmly believing this, we must act on it and sincerely confess our sins and repent of them. That’s when we experience divine forgiveness and the inner cleansing away of sin for the Bible declares, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). 

If you do what God asks you to do, He does what He promises to do! Have you done that? Are you living for Him? The Bible says that “he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).

Oh Lord Jesus take me and use me.