Love has the victory forever …

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:15).

Here, we read about glorying in our sufferings, and we read about suffering producing perseverance, character and hope. We read these words, and we think to ourselves, “This is far too idealistic! This is the way we should be, but it’s not the way we are. Our feelings go up,and they go down.”

When we’re honest with ourselves, we must ask the searching question, “Where do our feelings take us?” An honest answer will be – sometimes, they bring us closer to the Lord, and, at other times, they lead us away from him.

Thank God – our salvation doesn’t depend on our very changeable feelings. It depends on something much greater and more secure than our feelings –

“Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ … We boast in the hope of the glory of God … God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Our salvation does not come from or begin with what we are in ourselves. It comes from God. It begins with what He has done for us, and what he has given to us.

Faith, hope, love and peace – these are such blessings. They become real in us and for us when we learn for them within ourselves, and start looking out from ourselves to our God. He is the God of our salvation.

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

When we think about our feelings, it’s not long before we start thinking about our sins. When we start thinking about the love of God for sinners and the death of Christ for sinners, everything changes. We know that our sin is great – but we, also, know that there’s something greater than our sin. It’s the love of God.

“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:9-11).

When we are looking from our sins to “the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, which cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7), we move forward, with this confidence – “how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” Our sins have been forgiven – “while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son”, but this is just the beginning. There’s so much more to come – “how much more, having been reconciled, shall we saved through his life!”

We have received God’s forgiveness – What a great blessing this is!, but we must still wrestle with our up-and-down. Our feelings will, often, drag us down, but let us never forget this: Our God, the God of love, the God of salvation. His love and his salvation is so “much more” than our sin. In ourselves, we don’t have the power to triumph over sin. His love shall triumph over our sin.

“Come and see the shining hope … Love has the victory forever” – Here are the words of this great song.

1 Come and see the shining hope that Christ’s apostle saw;
on the earth, confusion but in heaven an open door,
where the living creatures praise the Lamb for evermore:
Love has the victory for ever!
Amen, he comes! to bring his own reward!
Amen, praise God! for justice now restored;
kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of the Lord:
Love has the victory for ever!

2 All the gifts you send us, Lord, are faithful, good and true;
holiness and righteousness are shown in all you do:
who can see your greatest Gift and fail to worship you?
Love has the victory for ever!
Chorus

3 Power and salvation all belong to God on high!
So the mighty multitudes of heaven make their cry,
singing Hallelujah! where the echoes never die:
Love has the victory for ever
Chorus

Christopher Idle from Revelation 4, 5, 15
© Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
13 13 13 8 and refrain

Here’s a link to this great song of praise: http://christinallthescriptures.blogspot.com/2019/12/come-and-see-shining-hope-all-souls.html

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