The One who came in the name of Love
The One who came in the name of Love
The good news begins with who made you: God. Long before you were born, the Bible says that God knew you and crafted you to experience His love.
No matter what has happened to you since the moment you were born, God’s design for your life pre-dates your birth.
Your primary purpose is to be the focus of God’s love. He has never lost sight of your original purpose: you were made to be loved.
He tells us that He doesn’t want you to spend your life trying to earn His love or approval – you already have it.
Nor does He want you to live in fear of letting Him rule over your life as God. His love is meant to be the initiator of everything in your life.
Instead of embracing that purpose, we have each gone our own way and attempted to generate our purpose, charting our own self-made path.
That decision is the basis of what the Bible describes as sin – and it’s had profound effects in our lives, most noticeably separating us from a relationship with God.
But God hasn’t left you alone. He has tried to make His heart clear to you: through goodness and blessing, through answered prayers, through people, even through unlikely circumstances.
Whether or not you have acknowledged
His attempts, the simple truth is:
No matter where you are or what you’ve done, you are not out of God’s reach. His goal is to reveal His heart and the way back to relationship.
To do so, each of us has to come grips with our need for God’s love and leadership in our lives, admitting our sin and surrendering our lives back to Him.
God’s pursuit took on a name: Jesus of Nazareth.
The Bible declares that He is the greatest revelation of the heart of God.
The most famous Bible verse explains the purpose of God in sending Jesus:
The best news ever given to planet earth is that God the Father, who had forever lived in perfect unity with the Son, Jesus, did the unthinkable and allowed His Son to be crucified and killed in your place.
The sin debt we owe is so monstrous that only a sinless, perfect sacrifice would atone for it. Only one person qualified; only one person volunteered: Jesus.
No matter where you are or what you’ve done, you are not out of God’s reach. His goal is to reveal His heart and the way back to relationship. To do so, each of us has to come grips with our need for God’s love and leadership in our lives, admitting our sin and surrendering our lives back to Him.
The God of the Universe has offered you the most expensive gift ever given.
Now, He waits for your response.
He invites you to surrender control of your life and become the object of His love again. He has done all He can do to win your heart.
The Gospel is this: God put His heart on a cross in Jesus Christ and waits for you to decide what to do with yours.
If you are ready to respond to this offer, if you sense God’s pursuit of love and are ready to surrender and begin a relationship, with Him, pray these words:
Father in heaven, thank you for loving me and for pursuing me.
Jesus, I surrender to your pursuit today, and I put my trust in You.
Please forgive all my sins and wash me clean by the power of the cross.
I invite you to come into my heart. I receive your offer of a fresh start.
Please make me new by the power of your love.
Jesus, I surrender to you. Be my Leader and Lord.
I will follow you all the days of my life. Thank you for pursuing and loving me.
I belong to you now, God, and I pray this in Jesus’ name.
The Bible says that all of heaven is celebrating with you – because you are now a forgiven, redeemed, new son or daughter of the Most High God. Jesus has made His home in your heart and He’ll never leave.
We would love to celebrate with you!