“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation [atoning sacrifice] for our sins.We love Him, because He first loved us.”
LOVE BRINGS TRUE FREEDOM published week of JULY 4, 2021
Richard Wurmbrand wrote in his book, Tortured for Christ, “Without fear we sang in prisons 30 feet beneath the earth. We were terribly hungry, beaten and tortured. The Communists were good at torturing us. We would say to each other, ‘the Communists beat us very well – let us do our work well. Let us sing well.’”
Wurmbrand was a man of Jewish descent who died in 2001. He spent 14 years of his life (1948-1964) in Communist Romanian prisons for His faith in Christ. Wurmbrand was physically tortured and placed in solitary confinement for several years because of his unwavering love for Jesus Christ. He refused to stop spreading the Gospel, despite the cost. Even in prison, he refused to stop worshiping his Lord.
This Lutheran Romanian minister understood true freedom. He knew firsthand the glorious freedom of loving God. From behind steel bars and within the confines of chains, he was free. Free to believe. Free to hope. Free to pray. Free to sing. Free to die for Christ. Because God loved him, he was free to love God.
God is love; therefore, He is the initiator of all love. Our love for God is always in response to His love for us. The ultimate demonstration of His love is seen in His Son, Jesus. Whatever happens in life, if we look to the cross, we can know we are loved. Our risen Savior, the Lord over all creation, is our invitation to love God. And in loving Him, we are free to enjoy Him. We are free to love Him because He is worthy in all that He is and all that He does.
As a child of God, why not take time today to consider the freedom you have in the Lord Jesus Christ? You are free to know and to love your Creator. After all, the God who counts the stars and knows them by name loves you and knows the number of hairs on your head. You are free to talk to Him and ask Him questions. You are free to worship Him, even in chains, like Richard Wurmbrand did. You can love Him wholeheartedly, because He first loved you. What glorious freedom!
“Holy Father, I know that you love me. Thank You for sending Jesus as the sacrifice for my sins so that I can also love You. Without forgiveness, I could not have a relationship with You. Lord, help me to stand strong and be firm in my faith. I want others to know that You love them. Use Me to accomplish Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”