How Great Is Your Love?

loves much because she is forgiven of much

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47

I am so in love with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so glad that He loves me, has seen me through so much, forgiven me of so much throughout my lifetime and changed me. I am also thankful that He is not finished with me and is helping me to continually grow in Him and be changed. He is the source of all things good in my life.  I suppose my heart is so full and I love so much because I have been forgiven of so much.  Because of Him and His wonderful love, mercy, and grace I am able to walk in freedom.

I am sure many of you can relate.  However, the enemy will sometimes use others to try to rewrap us in the garment of guilt and shame from our pasts that we’ve fought so hard to take off.  He will use them to try to hand us that self-condemnation we struggled to finally release and hand over to God. When they do this, we just have to remind them that we gave that garment to Jesus and refuse to wear it.  We have to refuse to carry the condemnation of the sins from our pasts for which we’ve been forgiven. John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  Continue to walk in freedom and pray for those who condemn and persecute you.

1 Peter 5:8-9 warns of the enemy’s tricks.  We must be careful not to pass judgment on people and condemn them because of things we’ve heard about them from their pasts. We shouldn’t claim to know enough about someone’s relationship with the Lord to accuse them of hiding behind Him because they seek a relationship with Him. We can’t claim to know a person’s heart when we really don’t know the person at all or anything about the struggles that they’ve gone through to come where they are in their relationship with Christ.  If we have an issue with someone, Matthew 18:15-17 tells us how to handle it.

We are a world full of people who have been hurt and have hurt others.  We are a world full of people who are on both the giving and receiving end of love and forgiveness.  If we plan on arriving at our ultimate destination we are all going to have to figure out how to give as much, if not more love and forgiveness as we receive.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47

How great is your love?  Are you willing to love much and forgive much in order to be forgiven?

Thank you, Lord for forgiving me of much, for giving me a heart that is full and loves much and for filling me with Your peace. I will love You and praise You forever!  Please Lord, grant Your children strength to be alert and stand against the enemy’s tricks, lies and deception.  Please Lord, help us to forgive one another so that we may be forgiven. Help us Lord, to love one another and extend grace to others in order to forgive them.  Take us deep in Your love Lord and help us to give that which we expect to receive.  In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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About Alecia Roberts

First and foremost, I am a Christian. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I wrote The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing while my husband was working overseas as a civilian contractor. The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing is my testimony of God's amazing love, grace and power in a surrendered life and heart. It was released on May 29, 2012. I lost my middle daughter, Heather who suffered from mental illness and addiction to an overdose in October of 2015. Since then I've dedicated my life to confronting addiction and promoting changes in North Carolina that will hopefully save lives.
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