Our society suffers from a growing scarcity of critical thinking. Simultaneously, sentimentalism is rising rapidly. Sentimentalism leads people to believe God sees the earth and all human affairs through a hole like this one!
In CHRIST, we have redemption and forgiveness. To love the Lord with our entire being is the Lord’s Great Commandment. We are told to know His love which is unknowable. These are simple restatements from the Gospels and Ephesians, but we often misconstrue. To be free in Christ, we must relentlessly pursue truth.
It is true that God loves infinitely. We cannot exhaust the depth, breadth, or height of His love. However, God is just as righteous as He is loving. He is just as holy as He is loving. For Him to forgive, based solely on His love, would violate His other attributes. Sentimentalism ignores this fact and assumes God’s infinite love must somehow overshadow all other aspects of God.
God loves enough to provide a way for forgiveness. He meets His own requirement for justice by the death of Jesus Christ. Having provided for forgiveness, He still will not force it on anyone. He loves people enough to let them walk away. Remember Jesus’ encounter with the Rich Young Ruler? Jesus let him go. God put the tragic consequences of our sin on Jesus. By His stripes we are healed. He was bruised for our iniquities. It is by the sacrificial work of Jesus that forgiveness comes to us. God offers it out of His infinite grace but it is received by faith.
Too many folks get hung up in sentimentalism. “Because God is so loving, surely He will overlook the sin.” That thought will cause those who hold it to suffer great tragedy. If God were to ‘overlook’ sin He would cease to be God. That cannot happen. To be “in Christ” means we have the righteousness of Christ applied to us. Our salvation is all about Him. It was His work, His love, His sacrifice, and His resurrection that allows us to become sons and daughters of God. So it is to His glory that we live and move and have our being!
Soli Deo Gloria!