Love Motivates God’s Faithfulness
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9
Because God loved the world He gave us Jesus to redeem us from
the righteousness of His just penalty for sin, that sin must be atoned, and without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin. But He didn’t give us Jesus with a condition that if we ever failed to live up to every perfect act of righteousness after we were saved that His wrath would be our reward. Rather He sent the Holy Spirit to insure us that we would be guided moment by moment through the mine-field of earthly human temptations to fall away. I am always moved by the hymn verse that says.
“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.
Prove to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart o take a seal it.
Seal it for Thy courts above.”
“Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” vs. 3b, Robert Robinson, 1735-1790
We are human, and our humanity is constantly seeking to take dominion over our spiritual desire to please God by righteous acts of worship. God gave Israel a clear choice, blessing for obedience and faithfulness, punishment for transgression and worship of other Gods. But we have a better Covenant through Jesus Christ our Lord. God knows all humankind are frail dust. But because He has invested Himself in us who believe, He has provided a means of grace. If we confess our sin He is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.[1 John 1:9]
His promises have never failed and will never fail. His love never fails and will always determine his dealings with humankind. So we have this assurance, God loves us. He is committed to our success and to our restoration to wholeness in Him. He loves us whether we live up to His righteousness or fail in trying. In either circumstance He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…” Philippians 1:6
Righteousness and justice are the foundation (Psalm 89:14) of God’s rule over all His creation. His love and faithfulness herald the coming of His Kingdom in the lives of men and women. Our destiny is in His hands and He will be faithful to fashion us into just the kind of persons he wants us to be, as we yield ourselves to His workmanship, worshiping Him in Spirit and in truth.
Joshua 22:21—23:16; Luke 20:27—47; Psalm 89:14-37; Proverbs 13:17-19