The Issue is Ended

Compare what Jesus has done and how He views things with what Christians say and how they relate. The world of Christianity often deals with issues that God has already dealt with. They impute sin and argue over standards when God Himself does not impute sin to the world (2 Corinthians 5:19). Christianity may present a distorted gospel, perverting grace and not presenting unconditional love as unconditional. It may distort the nature of God’s redemption to enhance the arguments of man’s religion. But the Spirit makes it clear: Love is the issue. Whether I walk in love as a child of faith is the test of my Christianity and the manifestation of my spirituality. Love is the issue. Jesus never faced people with their sin, but He always faced people on the basis of their need for love.

What did Jesus do with the multitude who were, sick, confused, brokenhearted, and weary (Matthew 9:35-36)? Did He give a message to deal with the sin issue? No, He was moved with compassion to heal the sick, to love the brokenhearted, and to cast out demons. Jesus had dealt with sin as the Lamb, now He wanted to deal with their need for Him. Love is needed before repentance from sin can ever be experienced. The people did not need to have knowledge of their sin, but they needed to know His love. Sin is revealed only to show what God did with it so that now we can face love.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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    Laird Bean says

    Throughout my many years under Pastor Stevens, I was always blessed with how he loved people. He could get loud in the pulpit preaching a powerful message, but he was always kind and soft spoken when he met people. He was always accessible to those in need, though the leader of a worldwide ministry. Pastor exemplified the words spoken in this devotional, and I will always cherish my memories of him until I meet him in Heaven!

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