December 13, 2018

Open Your Heart: Part 4

“… open your hearts, love is on the way!” Jude 1:2b (MSG) 

There’s a wonderful simplicity for opening our heart.  It’s not about achieving God’s acceptance.  It’s simply a matter of receiving God’s unconditional love!  Achieving God’s acceptance is a performance-based love.  Receiving God’s unconditional love is a gift!  Jude challenges us to open our hearts wide to God because God not only loves, He is love!  It’s only when we open our hearts wide to God that we can experience His unconditional love!  

So many people today try to earn God’s love and acceptance through religious rules and rituals when God says we only have to receive it!  His love is a free gift!  Calvary’s love cost God His one and only Son.  It cost Jesus His life. But, His love is offered freely to all who will receive Him.  That’s the good news!  John put it like this, 

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12 (NKJV)

To receive a gift, I simply take it and say thanks!  What’s preventing you from receiving God’s unconditional love?  In 1 John 4:18 the Bible says,

“There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear.  So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment.” 

Fear prevents us from living with a wide-open heart.  Yet, when we receive His unconditional love, we have nothing to fear!  Perfect love drives out all fear! We can live life in all its fullness!  We are no longer afraid of punishment!  The Bible says, 

“No condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are ‘in’ Jesus Christ. For the new spiritual principle of life ‘in’ Christ lifts me out of the old vicious circle of sin and death.” Romans 8:1 (Phillips NT) 

Isn’t it time to open your heart?  Love is on the way!  You don’t have to work harder, pray longer or serve more to earn it!  Just receive God’s unconditional love and live with a wide-open heart to Him!