Truth of love cleansed
Laying a large blanket over my garden this past 2018 Resurrection Sunday, I carefully protected the plants. I later gazed at the pristine beauty of the pure white blanket of snow and thought of what the Lord has done.
The Lord covers us, protecting us with his love, for the word of God made flesh, Yeshua/Jesus is alive, and he has been planted in our hearts. We can thrive in and through him by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our faith in the Lord’s truths; the shed blood of the Messiah and glorious victory of the Resurrection that is planted in our hearts and the hearts of all who repent, accept and obey, confessing him as Lord, provides us with the ability to daily walk in the resurrected power of our Savior by the Holy Spirit.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow though they be red like crimson they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Look what the Lord has done for us. We were sinners saved by grace and know that confessing Yeshua/Jesus as Lord gives us a new reality that we are truly cleansed by what he did for us. The Messiah (1 Cor. 15:23) the first fruit has made us new creatures through his sacrifice. We are given the ability to forgive as he has forgiven, sacrifice as he sacrificed and to love as he loves. We are as clean and white as snow.
We were unworthy and he forgave us, taking all of the sins and burdens upon that cross. If he did that for us, how can we not forgive others? How can we not love others? Sometimes, it may not be easy, we may feel some people are a thorn in our flesh, but the Lord will show us what to do, for he never leaves us, nor forsakes us. He continually helps us to forgive, but we have to be willing.
Yeshua/Jesus said that all the law and the prophets hang on two commandments (Matt 22:37-40) of love. If we truly love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind, how can we not love our neighbor as we would want to be loved?
When it isn’t easy to forgive and truly love, we are to utilize the power of prayer. Prayerfully interceding for those that have not yet fallen in love with our Messiah to the point of sacrificial obedience is a life changing ministry for all of us. It is not in finger pointing at others, but in humility examining ourselves.
Our sins can be so deep within us that they are a crimson stain upon our souls, but Yeshua/Jesus took them for us. Yeshua/Jesus purified us and our sins no longer remain so our Father in heaven sees us cleansed, white as pure snow. There is a beauty in that, it is all due to he who loved us before we knew him, brought us to the most high God (who gave his only begotten son for us). Such beauty of holiness takes one’s breath away, such love brings tears of joy.
“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know that we are in him.”(3 John 2:5) Knowing what he has been done for us, how can we not joyfully walk in love to one another and be kind to all we meet?
We can daily meditate upon the resurrection, the truth that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah, because he who was dead is alive. Through him we are spiritually resurrected to walk in the truth of his love in obedience to the father. That gives us the ability to love others.
The truth of God’s love in the resurrection power and victory of the Messiah/Christ is always with us. “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 Hyssop was used by the priests in the temple, dipped in the blood of the sacrificial lamb and sprinkled on the people. How much more does the blood of the Messiah spiritually do for us who have confessed him as Lord and savior?
Gratefully let us remember he has made us white as snow and 1 John 2:5 “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; hereby know that we are in him.”
The weather has warmed, the snow is gone and as I lift the blanket off the garden I remember, 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” and I am grateful.
Blessings and Shalom