1 John 4:7-11
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 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. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). This is not just saving love: it is amazing love! It is amazing because He loved us long before any of us ever loved Him. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
Jesus Christ loved every person so much that He died for every person – even though most will reject that love. It didn’t matter: He loved us so much that He stood for us when we could not stand for ourselves. We had no defense against sin, so He took our place and paid for our sin.
In our modern world, even in the minutes it takes you to read this article, the most defenseless of all God’s creation are being put to death: babies in the wombs of their mothers. They are completely helpless, and their mothers and fathers cannot (or will not) stand against the temptations of the world and the lies of satan that push them to end these little lives.
We are called to be like Jesus, to be conformed to His image (Romans 8:29). We cannot die to save these people – the babies, the mothers, the fathers – but we can live for them: stand for them, speak the truth in love to them, pray that their eyes will be opened and their ears tuned to the Truth who is Jesus Christ. Without truly knowing the God who loves them, they are defenseless against the lies of the enemy that will lead them to sin and death.
Yes, we stand on behalf of the unborn, but we also stand in the gap – intercede – for the mothers and the fathers who are making the “choice” to put them to death, and even the abortionists who are actually performing the deed. The Lord’s arm is not too short to save, and He offers His forgiveness to all those who repent and turn from sin – no matter how great the sin.
Why do we stand? Love. We stand because of love: Christ’s love for us, and Christ’s love in us that is “shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us” (Romans 5:5). Will you stand with Jesus to seek and save the lost?
Word of God: speak! Non nobis Domine+
By: Father Dana Jackson