True Love Originates at the Cross

You may not be aware of it, but God is involved in your life. He sees you. He knows what you’re facing today, and He cares. He desires to speak to you through His Word, to communicate His truth, to give encouragement and guidance. He longs to have fellowship with you. He delights in bringing beauty out of the ashes of broken lives.

I’m not making the assumption that you already have a real and personal relationship with Christ. 

All this stuff about a “personal God” may seem strange to you. You might even fear holding a conversation with Him. You may want to hide from Him because you know you’re unworthy (as am I) to rub up close to a holy God . . . but now we reach the heart of the gospel.

The word gospel means “good news” and this is the good news—Jesus Christ came to suffer the penalty for our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, so that we could enter into relationship with Holy God!

He extends this offer of friendship to you:

These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Don’t miss this next part!

You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends . . . (John 15:14–15).

Let that soak in. Amazing love. 

This beautiful invitation to friendship is straight from Jesus’ mouth as He spoke with His disciples shortly before his death. While preparing them for His departure, one of the topics He covered was—friendship! He loves us. He laid down His life for us. He desires a personal relationship with us and He invites you to be His friend.

Entering into this love relationship involves admitting your sinful condition and your inability to approach a holy God on your own. As you express your need for His forgiveness and turn from your sin, confessing your need for Him, He will cleanse you, His Spirit will fill you and your new life in Christ can begin (Romans 3:21–24; 5:6–15; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 1 John 1:9).

Only then can you have the needed foundation to experience and share love.

Only with Christ as the object of your love can you receive and give love to others.

Love’s deepest mystery is the passion of Christ as He pursues His bride with white-hot devotion. He wants to capture your heart. As the Bridegroom, He’s orchestrated a divine rescue. The love demonstrated at the cross held no selfish gain. He desires to woo you and win your heart. He extends an extravagant offer of love. By laying down His life, He offers you deliverance from the domain of darkness. He delights in transforming ugly, destructively fierce women into beautiful soft warriors.

Because of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, because grace flows when we humble ourselves and cry out to Him for help—we can give and receive love the way we were created to experience. You, who are restless and weary of heart, find your heart’s rest here. Christ offers true love to you. You may never have known or even imagined a love of this proportion.

We, who are helpless, can find our need fully met in this Man. 

You may be longing for love, wandering through a wilderness of pain and isolation, I assure you—no love relationship can compare to the one He offers. The pursuit of love must begin here.

Our first experience of true love originates at the cross. Have you experienced that?

Excerpt from Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior © 2012• Kimberly Wagner • Moody Publishers



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