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Finding true love

Gary Wingo

“Water must be wet. A fire must be hot. You can’t take the wet out of water and still have water. You can’t take the heat out of fire and still have fire.” – Max LucadoSimply axioms of life, right? Of course water is wet and fire is hot. We all know this and accept the truth of these simple analogies. Now, apply these truths to humans. A human must be human; a human will make mistakes. You can’t take the humanity out of human beings and still have a human. We each have the propensity for great good and devastating evil. Our Valley live is a microcosm of the rest of America. We have successful businesses, and we enjoy our recreation. People struggle in relationships and hurt one another every day. We occasionally commit great acts of kindness and then turn around and judge others with harsh criticism. Read this newspaper; check out the “Tipsline”, the headlines, and “Letter to the editor”. We are a strange creation!Now, apply the same principle to God as we have to water, fire, and human beings. The Bible simply defines the nature of God in I John 4:16: “God is love.” So, it would be right to say that we cannot take the love out of God and still have Him exist. He is Love! Yet, there are actually people who think there is no God or believe we have this super-wrathful deity just waiting to pounce on us at the smallest wrongdoing. And they would be dead wrong. To know God is to experience the purest, most powerful form of love. The Bible shouts out this outrageous, perfect love of God! Every story, statement of truth, and faith decision speaks loud and clear of His love for us.Check out the Biblical story of Jesus Christ in the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He came to this planet in our human form to teach, exemplify, and act upon His Father’s love for us. Look hard at the end of that story: “Very rarely will anyone of us die for even a righteous person…but God demonstrates in own love for us in this – while we were still sinners (human), Jesus Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8. God gave you His Son so you could have life to the absolute fullest, and live forever. He did this tremendous act of compassion by allowing Jesus Christ to take our failures and mistakes – our sins – to the cross. Jesus Christ dies and we get to live. Yet, God has no bitterness toward us…no cruelty, no rage, just love – flawless, perfect, unending, pure, passionate love that knows no boundaries.Experiencing God’s love through Jesus Christ means our past is wiped clean, all wounds healed, all failure forgiven, and all hearts restored. Can you believe it? Sadly, many cannot. They believe: “This is too good to be true; we’ve got to work for our salvation. It can’t be that God’s love is free and Christ died for me!” But it is true; and this love is yours for free. When we embrace this love, we are transformed into the creation God intended giving us power to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God has forgive you. Be imitators of God as dearly loved children, and live a life of love…” Ephesians 4:32, 5:1-2.Just as water is wet and fire is hot, we are definitely human. And we need a Savior…and God has given us the One. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the past is gone, the new has come! All this is from God who reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ.” II Corinthians 5:17-18. Our past is wiped clean and forgotten by God; we’re made brand new inside out for the rest of our lives. We’re free and forgiven. All this and more…simply because God is love and we are His focus.Gary Wingo leads the Seekers Fellowship.Vail, Colorado


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