What are we going to do with it? Yes, I am referring to the song if you know it. It has been in my head over this last week. Why you ask? Well, it is because we have been talking about love, specifically God’s love. We looked at two passages in particular:
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. (John 3:16)
7 Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. 8 The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. 10 This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins. (1 John 4:7-10)
No, I do not think the song by Heavy D and The Boyz is an illustration of God’s love.
We might ask, if anything should be a showcase of God’s love, it should be the church, right? The church is to be filled with people seeking to love one another sacrificially. And yet, the church is filled with “flawed people.” Before you start naming the people in your head that you would count as “flawed,” keep in mind that everyone is “flawed.” This includes you and me.
I wanted to use the post today to point you to a sermon series by Tullian Tchividjian. The title grabbed me:
“Unstoppable: Tracing God’s flawless work through flawed people.” Tullian has helped me many times bring a more Gospel-defined understanding of who I am. He stretches the way I see myself, the world, and God in a good way.
The church is filled with a whole bunch of messed up, flawed people, who, yes, are so loved by God.
(All scripture cited above from Common English Bible Copyright © 2011)