“I am positive that we are on the wrong side of the cross. We talk about love, love, love, but it ought to be repent, repent, repent. John the Baptist came, and his message was, “Repent” (Matthew 3:2). Jesus came with the same message, “Repent” (Matthew 4:17). The Holy Spirit came and the message thru Peter was the same, “Repent” (Acts 2:38). I am convinced this is the secret of our failure.” (Wigglesworth)
This quote from the Smith Wigglesworth devotional caused me to really think about what love really is. This politically correct world we live in has perverted what true love really is. True agape love (unconditional godly love which is the highest form of love) is about wanting those around us to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. The first step of that process is preaching conviction and repentence to a dying world. Look how the following three verses tie love and repentance together:
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NLT)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23 NKJV)
The Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9b NKJV)
In the world’s definition of love, you will find that we must accept everyone and not make them feel uncomfortable. God’s looks at things quite differently. His gospel is an exclusive gospel. It is God’s way only. The world does not like this because it is not inclusive of all going to heaven.
Even within Christianity, love must be put into perspective:
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:37 NKJV)
So it boils down to this: Have you put love into correct perspective in your life? Are you on the the right side of the cross? Are you demonstrating the highest form of love by preaching repentance to a dying world?