What is the Redeeming Love of God?

By Matt Enser

Jesus doesn’t wait to love us until we have stopped sinning or until we have cleaned ourselves up. It is his redeeming love that helps us to stop because he loved us first and we grow a desire to pursue holiness through his power. As we see in 1 John 4:17-19.

“By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment…There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.”

1 John 4:17-19

To help you understand this truth, I want to tell you about a dog named Remi. He was an abandoned rottweiler puppy, around 9 months old. He was living in the woods for God knows how long. We saw him out in the woods and called out to him and he slowly came walking up to us. Remi had open wounds, burn scars, ticks all over his body, and was super skinny. As you can see in this picture. He was likely eating garbage and whatever else he could find out there. When we found him, he was 30 pounds underweight and scared of many people.

Remi’s Recovery

Now how crazy would it have been if we looked at Remi and said we will take you in, but first you have to clean up your wounds, pull off the ticks, and get your weight up and then we will take you in. That would be impossible for a dog to do that or even know how to do that on his own.

Instead, we loved him first and pulled the ticks off of him, bandaged his wounds, took him to the vet for more care, gave him food to get his weight up, and loved him out of his fears. Through that love, he was redeemed into a happy and healthy puppy. This is why his name is Remi, which is short for redemption.

Has every part of his story been easy from that point forward? No, he still tries to eat out of the garbage can every now and again, but overall he is now on the right path a dog should be on—a happy family member. 

How This Redemption Is Offered to You

While we may not have ticks and physical wounds, but we have our own mess. This mess could have been caused by your own mistakes (Romans 3:23) or others coming hurting or leading you astray. It is likely a combination of both, but the good news is, just like Remi, there is someone offering you a way to be redeemed. That person is Jesus. He is always there ready to start your redemption story, and He doesn’t care how many “wounds” or “ticks” you may have. However, you should know what is on the line, which is that if you don’t let Jesus help you with your sin during your life, that will lead to death (Romans 6:23), but it doesn’t have to end that way. These sins create a chasm between us and God. Also know that while we have different amounts and severity of “wounds” it doesn’t matter the size of the chasm—any chasm is still uncrossable. Resulting in a need for a savior who is ready to help you no matter your “wounds” or mess you are in.

We see this truth in Romans 5:8, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ Died for us.” This is such great news. Think about it like using a GPS. When you start navigating, it doesn’t say you need to figure out how to get to the starting point and then I will help you get where you are going. No, it tells you from your current location, no matter where that is. This is the same with the redeeming love of Jesus. All you have to do is start the journey with him and He will guide you out of your mess. You don’t have to get out of it first, and there isn’t a way to get out of it on your own because Jesus is the way, the truth, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

How to Start Your Journey

To start your journey of redemption, all you have to do is accept the free gift of salvation (Romans 6:23) Jesus offers to you and to everyone. To accept the gift of salvation, it is very simple you must: 

  1. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
  2. Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead

If you do these things, Romans 10:9 tells us, “you will be saved”, it is that simple. It wasn’t simple for Jesus (Luke 23:44-46), but He made it simple for you. If you struggle to make this choice check out my article on, Is Belief in God Reasonable. 

This choice affects everything for the rest of your life and is the most important decision you could ever make. Every choice has a consequence, big or small, but this choice is the only choice that is so big your eternity depends on it. Every other choice than this one will fade away over time (1 John 2:17). 

Know that while Jesus doesn’t want you to sin and will help you walk away from sin, He doesn’t expect you to never sin again. He knows you will stumble and, like Remi goes back to the trash every now and again, but He has already forgiven you for your sin past, present, and future when He forgave the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). I don’t say this to free you up to sin (Romans 6:1–2), but to recognize that you will sin again (1 John 1:8) so you don’t think you are ever too far gone for Jesus because nothing can separate you from Him (Romans 8:38–39).

Once you have made this choice, find a local church to belong to and to be disciplined in to grow in your faith. I’d love to hear your story in the comments below as well. 

If you have already accepted Jesus, take time to remember with great joy (John 15:11) everything He has done for you and that you are on a narrow path that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14). If you have just chosen to accept him, rejoice as well because all of Heaven is also rejoicing with you (Luke 15:7).

To continue learning about this joy and what it means to be saved read my related article on, Why Christians Can Have Joy in Hard Seasons.

About Matt Enser

About Matt Enser

Matt Enser is a marketer that wants to use his experience in digital marketing for the kingdom. He works for KWSM as Web and SEO Website Specialist as well as a Safety Instructor & Digital Marketing Manager for First Response.

When I am not working, you will probably find me outdoors somewhere. I enjoy camping, rock climbing, playing sports, off-roading, or hiking. Which a few of my friends and I talk a lot about on our podcast, “The Godventure Podcast“.

I am passionate about my faith in Christ and that manifests itself in my values and activities as well. I lead a team of volunteers at 12Stone’s college ministry and serve with elementary students on a weekly basis.

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