Love with Balance

John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

All that God is and all that God has ever accomplished in all of His creation can be summed up in one simple word: love. In I John 4:16 we read, “God is love.” Gather up all the information you can from Scripture and from testimonies of believers, and you will see the masterpiece of love. The world, and even the majority of the church, has always had a wrong view of who God is. Due to that fact, we now have a completely distorted view of the love of God. When we do not see God for who He really is, we cannot properly love Him, or anyone for that matter. The image of God has become marred by false doctrine that riddles the church today. In turn, the love of God has been marred by the same. If we are to see the revival that we need to see in the church, or the harvest that we need to see in the world, we are going to have to come back to our first love and leave the false that we have been taught by the church.
Love is unconditional. Love is sacrificial. Love is blind to race or ethnicity. Love does not see financial status. Love is not concerned with presentation. Love has power to save. Love has power to deliver. Love can change situations. Love is corrective. Love will not let you stay the same. Love will not let you stay in situations that are dangerous to you. Love is powerful.
We cannot emphasize the unconditional aspect of the love of God without also emphasizing its corrective principle. Love is balanced, and God is balanced. Yes, God is full of grace and full of mercy, but there is coming a day when the same God will judge those who never accepted Him, those who reviled His name, and those who manipulated and twisted His Word to allow for their carnal lives. Love does not justify the sinful lifestyles of the lost or the redeemed.
Parents sometimes have to make difficult decisions when they see their children going down a destructive road. The natural instinct of parents is to protect their children, and there is a period of time when they do this. Parents will go to extreme measures to warn their children in an attempt to save them from destruction. There will come a time when a parent has to let a child go and reach that point of defeat and destruction in an attempt to save his child. God does the same thing with us. Just like the prodigal son had to come to a place where he had lost everything and found himself laying in the muck with a bunch of pigs. This is called “coming to the end of yourself”—a place where you give up and let God have control. Just so you know, you can come home. Come home today.

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Paris, accompanied by his wife Marybeth, coordinates and oversees <a href="">Crossfire Unite</a> fellowship groups. He is a regular teacher on SBN’s “<a href="">Generation of the Cross</a>” with Gabriel Swaggart. Paris is a workshop instructor and assists with Church Needs for the <a href="">International Youth Conference</a>, and he has been an evening professor at <a href="" target="_blank">Jimmy Swaggart Bible College</a> since the spring of 2017. He oversees all Crossfire Unite Student Outreaches. Paris also contributes writings to the <a href="">Crossfire Blog</a>.

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