With the recent Supreme Court ruling that permits gay marriage in all 50 states, the LGBT community has adopted a new slogan: “Love Wins.”
Long before the United States acquiesced to gay rights, the followers of Jesus used this phrase to describe the victory that Jesus accomplished upon the cross. When Jesus died, He forever set free; all those who would place their eternal salvation in His hands.
At Jesus cross, Love Wins.
At the cross of Jesus, we see most vividly what true love is: sacrifice. The giving of Jesus life was the most profound exhibition of God’s love ever manifested in the world.
When John recorded the events of Jesus life, death, and resurrection, he described Jesus death for us as the purest example of what love is.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. —1 John 4:10
Paul echoed this same principle in the book of Romans:
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8
God demonstrated what true love is: the giving of His Son, to die for our sins, so that we might gain eternal life. The Bible describes all persons as residing under the wrath of God for their sins (Romans 1:8). There was no method or good work that any person could accomplish that would cause God to disregard our sins and grant us access to heaven. In order for God to be able to forgive our sins, a penalty must be paid. God said at the beginning, “The soul that sins will surely die.” God told Adam that on the day that he disobeyed God and chose sin, he would die (spiritually).
“Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die. —Ezekiel 18:4
“…but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” —Genesis 2:17
God was not willing that any person should perish eternally, so He sent His Son into the world, to pay for our sins. Jesus volunteered to give His life for you and me, and every person who would live upon the earth. When Jesus was placed upon the cross, all of the wrong that we have done, was placed upon Jesus and He died for those sins. All those who place their trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, experience the removal of every wrong word and action of their life and they become perfect in the sight of God. In this, we see the great love of God—in action.
For God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. —2 Corinthians 5:21
Love is: Jesus giving His life for us, and dying for our sins—when He had done nothing wrong Himself.
The World’s definition of love
In this world, when a person feels a particular emotion for someone or something, they might say: “I love you,” or “I love chocolate cake,” all int the same sentence.
Human love is transient. It can change from one moment to the next. If you say or do certain things for a person, they will love you. If you fail at any time to say or do what is expected, you can be hated and despised.
When certain people use the term “love,” what they really mean is “lust.”
The love that Hollywood displays for the world is not love at all, it is lust. This is a false love that seeks to take advantage of another person and use them for personal satisfaction. When a person is no longer needed, they are cast off and forgotten.
The Love that God has for us, is perfect in every regard. When we fail, He will not cease to love us. When we are cast off by the world and viewed as worthless and forgotten, God will never forget us. We remain forever, a precious and important part of the universe that God created. He loved each one of us so much that He allowed His Son to die a horrific death. Any time we wonder whether or not God really loves us, all we must do is look back to the cross that Jesus died upon, 2,000 years ago, and we are reminded just how much God loves us.
When the gay community uses the words: “love wins,” this is an abuse of a term that belongs only to God. We cannot continue in sins that required the death of the Son of God—in order to save us, then claim that our love has won. This is a misrepresentation of love. Using the word “love”as a charade to conduct our lives in lusts that are in direct conflict with what God has required, is the worst kind of perversion.
When we examine what God has said concerning sin, which required the death of Jesus on the cross, we see the sins that Jesus suffered for:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. —1Corinthians 6:9
Love has not won when a person refuses to repent of their sins and instead, continue in those sins. God destroyed an entire city because its inhabitants refused to obey God’s command to repent and turn away from their sins. God has not changed today, simply because men have changed. What was unacceptable to God in times past, has not become acceptable to Him today. Although governments and society may accept practices of immoral behavior, today, that were formerly not allowed, God has not changed His mind concerning sin and judgement. If God destroyed the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah for their sins, He will not permit those sins today.
But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD. —Genesis 13:13
…and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly… —2 Peter 2:6
…as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. —Jude 7
God has graciously forgiven all sins and no person is a worse sinner than any other person. All of us have missed the mark of perfection that God requires, and everyone of us needs a Savior. If we repent and come to Jesus in humility and sincerity, He will forgive us and cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness. If we refuse to obey the command of God, we will each bear the consequences of our own refusal to do what God has required.
Love has won. It was victorious over sin and death; at the cross of Jesus Christ. This love is on public display today and any person can know this love and experience it for themselves. How great is the love of God, who sent Jesus into the world to show us what true love really is.
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