Love is Greater: Overcome your past, Redeem your Future and Rewrite your story


Over the centuries a lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of love. The greatness of Christianity and its philosophy is based on the doctrine of love, yet this is one of the difficult aspects of theology to digest for the pharisaic generation. Those who can experience God's love can share some of it with others. Even among the Christian circle, we are not experiencing love enough. 

Love is greater or bigger than our mistakes.  Love is powerful enough to erase our guilt. Love is big enough to cover our shame. Love is real enough to heal our relationships. Love is strong enough to hold us up when we are weak. Love is sweet enough to cure our bitterness. Love is satisfying enough to deal with our disappointments. Love is beautiful enough to redeem our brokenness. Love is always greater no matter what. 

Love is greater than our secret sin. Love is greater than our attitudes. Love is greater than our anger. Yes, love is greater. Love is best and most fully understood not by way of explanation alone but through experience. Jesus never used the word love rather he showed us what it looked like. As long as we think I am not that bad, love will never seem that good. You have done nothing so horrible that love can't cover it. 

Love is always greater no matter what. I am worse than I ever wanted to admit, but God's love is greater than I ever could have imagined. Love is greater than our shame. Love is greater than our consequences. Love will free us from trying to be good enough. Jesus doesn't expect followers to be perfect, but he does call them to be in love and authenticity. Evangelism is not a sales pitch of an idea but a living person whom I actually know and he is full of love.

Love has been a central symbol for the reality of God in the Christian tradition. If God is omnipotent, it is necessary to trace evil and suffering to God. Theodicy attempts to justify God's decision to permit, tolerate, or make use of evil in creation. Love is hopelessly anthropomorphic and emotional.   The first epistle of John God is identified Himself with love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him. (I John: 4:16) 

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (ICorinthians: 1:1-3)  

Love is greater than your Past Failures

Love is the essence of Christianity and it never fails. Gideon is one of the Biblical heroes. When God called him he asked the questions, who me? who you? Are you sure? Are you really sure? Sometimes not the information you needed but the transformation. Darkness can't drive out darkness but only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. 

Some of us are on the journey of outrunning God and you know it is not possible. Remember when God is chasing you not to collect what you owe. He doesn't run any collection agencies but He is chasing you to give you what you could not afford otherwise. Christ is beside you, Christ before you, Christ behind you, Christ within you, Christ beneath you, Christ above you. Christianity is not about rules and philosophies and performance it is following the person Jesus Christ who is full of love. We all experience failures, bitterness, or setbacks. We carry the unseen burdens that rob our joy and cause doubt in our mind concerning the things of God.  People seek other alternatives like drugs and alcoholism. But remember love is big enough, strong enough and powerful enough to overcome the impossible. God's love is great enough to re-write your story and create the history.

Love is greater than your Future challenges 

It is hard to think globally and live locally and at the same time to raise your voice in a globalized world. Love is greater than your faith and hope. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 Love includes care and trust and confidence. Trust and confidence make your faith get stronger. And hope and confidence start to rise because of faith. Having faith and hope to God is because you love Him. If you do not, you will not be able to have love, trust, faith, and hope in God.

The future of the world is connected with artificial intelligence, the future seems challenging with a growing population and in the world of internet, media, and robotic engineering. One of the important challenge we face in the robotic world includes driverless cars, drones, surgical and manufacturing robots is how to manage them in a safe system particularly those that are embedded with artificial intelligence. But love is greater than your future challenges. 

Love is greater than You or Your Story

Bible talks about the sacrificial love. In many of artistic symbolic form within the Christian tradition use pelican bird which believed to pierce its own breast to feed its young of its blood. This is the perfect example of christ sacrifices himself for the humanity because of His great love. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son... (John: 3: 16).  God is love….Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8). Love is greater than you and your story. There is comparison to God's love. Scripture tells us not to seek our own glory and to let our work stand on its own but remember there are a lot of spiritual narcissist in the world today. Love is greater than you or your story.  

Dr. Binu Peniel

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