Sunday Morning Word: Crucifixion Type Love

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Ephesians 5:25-27 (NIV)

“Crucifixion Type Love,” a spoken word poem performed by Brent Rice, describes the kind of love every Christian believer should desire to have. We know what true love is because our God is love (1 John 4:8), and anyone willing to give his life as a random for little ol’ me, despite my flaws and many mistakes, the way Jesus did on that cross, is someone who truly loves me unconditionally and wants to see me saved.

He loves you unconditionally and wants to see you saved too.

It is not God’s desire to send us to hell. Non Christians are eager to cast doubt upon our faith and try to convince us that He is a vengeful, wrathful God who is quick to throw us into the fiery pits the second we mess up. However, God is a God of love, He’s a God of mercy, and most importantly, He is a God of forgiveness. This is why it is so important to forgive your brother or sister who hurts you, because how can you hold unforgiveness in your heart and expect God to forgive you of your sins (Matthew 6: 14-15)? In the same way, how can you hate your brother or sister, whom you see every day, and love God, whom you’ve never seen (1 John 4: 20)? So love others as God loves you, forgive others as God forgives you, and no matter how many times you fall, if you repent, you will be forgiven (Proverbs 24: 16; Luke 17: 3-4). “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; KJV).

We are His own creation. His image and likeness. There should be no doubt in your mind that God loves you. Even at the fall of man, He already had a plan in motion to save all humankind (Genesis 3: 15). Jesus coming to die on that cross was His ultimate display of love.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever 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. (John 3: 16-17; KJV)

John 3:16 is a verse Christians know well. For many of us, it was the first Bible verse we ever memorized. But the verse just after that is equally important. God saw the path we were headed toward—the path of destruction and damnation—and he sent salvation through Jesus Christ. He did not come to condemn us, as many would have us to believe, and he did not come to stand on a pedestal and preach from his soapbox with the other ‘self-righteous saints’ (Matthew 9: 13), but he came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19: 10).

So crave that crucifixion type love. Don’t settle for anything less than a man who is Christ-like and will love you the way Christ loves you. And if you haven’t met that man yet, don’t go out looking. Focus on developing and strengthening your relationship with Christ, because He’s all you really need.

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