Have you ever been arrested, held so tightly that something or someone wouldn’t let you go? Has love ever arrested you? Being arrested, (not incarcerated) was the reason for my recovery.
Every day, I’m awakened to the beauty of this love that arrested me, and I wanted to share just a tidbit of what that love looks like.
It was Christ.
Christ swept me to seeing a love and a grace and a mercy of God that I will never see in another human being to that depth.
I can’t take any credit for it for this love or say that ‘ I deserved it.’
Romans 5:8-10, ‘But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.’
This salvation was God arresting me in my tracks and showering great love on a dead person, a sinner. It was God, waking me up, by sending His Son to die on the cross, to take the punishment for my sin. How that is even possible, I’m not sure, but with God nothing is impossible.
Ephesians 2:1-3, ‘And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.’
The life of Christ makes you alive. Realizing that life in Christ sets off a fire of the power and grace of Christ in you that can never be squelched.
Sin, dear Christian, is not a reason to despair. It is a reason to run back to the cross and cling to the blood of Jesus Christ that washed away ALL your sins, repent, and leave that sin behind.
Romans 3:23-26, ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.’
Then there comes the reality that you are free from sin and that the devil can’t touch you. You don’t have to have addictions. You can ditch them, by the power of Christ in you, and press on to know the Lord. You are FREE To worship God, not yourself. You aren’t afraid of being condemned by your sin and separate from God in hell. The reason you want to put off sin is not to please society but to grow deeper in relationship with the living God, your heavenly Father.
Romans 6:1-3, ‘What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?’
Romans 6:8-12, ‘For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.’
You don’t decide to become a Christian. God chooses you. His Holy Spirit convicts you of your need for Him, to be right with Him before the final judgment.
Jesus Himself says in John 15:16. ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.’
When God saves you, it changes your whole life. His love won’t let you go.
‘O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.’
1 John 4:1-6, ‘Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.’
Jesus is greater than any sin in me! He’s my captain. I’m not trembling because I didn’t follow a list of rules, but I’m following like a soldier after my beloved Savior, the captain of my salvation.
I confess that I often fail, but God is working in me to fight this battle. I am freed from sin, and now I have to take out my sword and just HACK away at those idols that want me to worship them instead of God.
God is my reality in every step of this life, including recovery. I can’t imagine life without God. I can’t worship my body, because my body isn’t worthy of worship. I can worship God, because He saved me so I could worship Him! He is the very definition of =love, grace, and mercy. He is inexpressibly big and deep and high and everlasting and intimately close to His children. Nothing can separate you from His great love.
Christianity is the arresting power of God, not man. A beautiful picture of how God arrests sinners and changes hearts is in Acts 2. That day the Holy Spirit saved 3000 people, many of whom were calling for Jesus to be crucified weeks before.
With that, I want to share a final prayer for all of my brothers and sisters in this battle from Jude 1:24-25, ‘Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.’
And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Thank you Katie for the link-up! Have a MARVELOUS Monday everyone!
Your thoughts: How have you experienced the love of God in Christ? I would love to hear your stories. <3