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‎”He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world.” – 1 John 2:2

We all know that the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross is our only footing to stand before God. It’s easy to remember that my sins are forgiven and thus I can easily forgive myself of my own short comings. But so often we are fooled into thinking less of brothers who have offended us, sinned against us, or simply don’t measure up to our own standard of righteousness. Pride wells up in our hearts and minds. I thank you Lord that I am not like other sinners. I fast twice a week, tithe of all I earn, etc. etc. It is wrong to think in such a way about fellow redeemed sinners.

We must remember that the failures and sins of our brothers are also covered in the blood of Christ, thus their sins are forgiven as well. If God the righteous judge, has made one clean, how can we not look upon those who have wronged us through the lens of forgiveness?

Remember that God will not let any of His elect fall from His hands. He will sanctify all His beloved. May we be vessels of encouragement to those who sin, and continually fall or offend. May we forgive seventy times seven. Christ has bore all our iniquities, as He is the Propitiation for their sins, as well as ours.

– J. C. Hahne

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“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:8-9

The truth is that the more we comprehend the perfections of God’s holiness and justice, the more we will see the miserable state of our sinfulness. Yes, God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. On the other hand we were born in sin; in darkness and deparvity. We were slaves to sin…

But God who is rich in mercy, gave us Christ the redeemer as a perfect, everlasting sacrifice for our sins, so that He could justly forgive us and cleanse us from all our unrighteousness. Oh what beauty there is to be found in this gospel truth! He is faithfull and just to forgive for Christ suffered the wrath that we deserved!

J. C. Hahne

God’s Love

Posted: 08/27/2008 in Random Thoughts
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I’m sure that we all know the verse from 1 John 4:19… “We love Him, because He first loved us.” Well, I’m just curious if it would also be correct to say: “God loved us, because He first loved Himself.” I’m thinking that if God is all glorious, and worthy of praise, then His love for us must be the overflow of His love for His own glory. I’ve been reading “God is the Gospel” by John Piper and this was one of my thoughts…

What do you all think?

J. C. Hahne

As Christ’s people we are called to love one another. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:39 I am sure that you have all realized that your neighbors are sinners. Maybe they have gossiped about you, stole from you, lied to you, persecuted you, or just treated you without respect. Now at the same time I think it is necessary to mention that you are just as sinful.

Yes we have the command to love others just as we love ourselves. But where do we get the power to forgive, and even more to love them? Speaking for myself, when I am disappointed, upset, angry or even furious with someone, can I just push a button to resolve the problem and love? No! We aren’t robots. We have feelings that are often hard to control.

But I have an answer that is very simple. THE GOSPEL!!! The gospel will give you the power to forgive, to love, and to make radical sacrifices of love for the glory of God.

Take a look at these verses. “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” – Colossians 3:12-13

Yes, the call to love and forgive exists, but it is Surrounded by the gospel. Do you see it? It is all over these two verses. “The elect of God” – He choose us long before we showed any signs of loving Him. “Holy and beloved”

Christ crucified (by Seth T. Hahne)

Christ crucified (by Seth T. Hahne)

– Our sins were washed away and we were made righteous through the blood of Jesus. Through the redemption made by Christ, we have become His beloved children. We are children of the Almighty King. And lastly we have these words, “Christ forgave you” – This is the pure gospel CHRIST FORGAVE YOU!

If it is hard for you to love, if it is hard for you to forgive, fix your eyes upon Jesus. He suffered and died for you a sinner, and your sins against Holy God cannot be numbered. They are billions of times greater than those that have been committed against you. “…if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
Jesus had every right to condemn us, to give us what we deserved. But he didn’t. He loved us! He had mercy!

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Romans 5:6-8

Does not your soul leap for joy when hearing this good news?

Now, next time when it’s hard to forgive and love the one who has wronged you, look at Christ sacrifce for you and be touched by His love

I will close with 1 John 4:11, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

J. C. Hahne