“We are liberated to love freely because we have been loved freely.” - Francis Chan, Crazy Love
1 John 4:16 NLT
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
Maybe you are like me and are intrigued by the various demonstrations of love that we see in the world. We see everything from billboards or TV ads or shows that depict a love that is characterized by sex or by a person being loved because they do or say the right things.
Love couldn’t be further from those thoughts. In fact love finds its beginning in God and no where else. He taught us that the first demonstration of love came at creation and continued through the Bible and through time. We’ve got to change our thoughts, our definitions and even our actions toward and about love. The way we deal with people has to change. The way we see people and respond to those who are hurting has to change. But first our relationship with God has to change.
He has changed us because He loved us long before we loved or thought of loving Him. Literally as Francis Chan said in the quote I began with it is the love of God is liberates us. To liberate is to understand the freedom that comes from being forgiven and living a life free of guilt and shame where forgiveness is realized and shared with others.
Follow these further thoughts from Chan:
“I sometimes struggle with how to properly respond to God’s magnitude in a world bent on ignoring or merely tolerating Him. But know this: God will not be tolerated. He instructs us to worship and fear Him.” - Francis Chan, Crazy Love
“The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time. He treasures us and anticipates our departure from this earth to be with Him—and we wonder, indifferently, how much we have to do for Him to get by.” - Francis Chan, Crazy Love
God is crazy about us. He loves us so much that He would go to the ends of the world and do the craziest and toughest thing so that we can connect to Him forever. That is the God who wants us to know Him, live with Him and to allow His life to transform us every day.
“We say things like “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Then we live and plan like we don’t believe God even exists.” - Francis Chan, Crazy Love
Are we living like there is no God? Literally most of us confess that God loves us and that God loves the people we encounter, but our actions say very different things. Crazy love is “no strings attached” and “no matter what” and “totally forgiving” to every person we meet.
May we be overwhelmed by the fact that God is crazy about us. He loves us that much!