Why I am in Love

This was a Facebook note I wrote back in 2008, but it's just as true now as it was then.  I'm actually surprised it never made it to the blog, but it is now!

I am in love because my sworn enemy became my friend.

I am in love because the one I rejected accepted me.

I am in love because the one I hated loved me first.

I am in love because when I was dead, my Savior died to gave me life.

I am in love because the Creator of beauty embraced this child of Chernobyl.

I am in love because God is not hiding from those who seek Him but rather seeks them out and is ready to save.

I am in love because while I was blind to my blindness, foolish to my folly, and hard to my hardness, God gave me new eyes to see His beauty, a new mind to understand His grace, a new heart of flesh to receive His love.

I am in love because even after this initial act, God has never failed me. He who watches over me never slumbers nor sleeps. He gives me the feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to go on the heights. He restores my soul. He puts out a table before me in the presence of my enemies and anoints my head with oil. He works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose, for no plan of His will be thwarted. He is good and His love endures forever. His faithfulness continues for generations.

I am in love because my God is a God of love. He shows His love in this:

Every person who has ever lived on earth wages a war against God by living according to their own desires and not acknowledging His presence and priority in their lives, is headed straight to hell of their own volition. By choice, they reject the God who created them in favor of their own pursuits. By choice, they choose hell over God. But God, in His love and grace and mercy, awakens people to their condition and calls them to Himself. To overcome the magnitude of treason against God present in people's lives, He offered none other than Himself, for He alone is able to mediate.

Jesus, being God, became a man and lived among man. Not only did He leave the glory of heaven to become a man, but He also let Himself be killed by men. When He died, Jesus also took upon Himself the sins of the world. This means that He received the punishment for sin that the people of the world should have received. He, in essence, "paid the price." We as people, because of our sin, have a debt before God that we can never repay, but Christ, on the cross, paid our spiritual debt. Not only that, but His spiritual righteousness, His holiness or lack of sin, is then attributed to those who accept His payment in their stead.

If a person believes that Jesus took away the punishment for their sins and comes to Him and asks forgiveness for warring with God, that person is given "new life:" new desires, a new heart, a new mind, a new way of thinking, and a new way of living. That person not only is forgiven, but is changed!

I am in love because this is the work that Christ has done in me. If you're also in love, let others know about your love, and if you're wondering about this love and what it all means, don't be shy to ask :D