WINNING BY LOVE: Jesus’ love and our victory.

Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!

Rom 8:37 TPT

Our victory is not really a focus on God’s power, since He without any doubt has greater power than the enemy. It is a focus on His love for us. It is His love that conquered. The scripture tells us in Rom. 8:37 that we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. It was the power of God that made us conquerors. So, why does the scripture say Him that loved us and not Him that has the power?  It is because God manifested that power through His love for us. It is because of the love of God that we have victory.

Jesus came to earth to fulfill the law on our behalf and He gave us the victory (Matt. 5:17). He also gave us a tip –in the scriptures –which I dare say, will help us continue in this victory. Rom. 13:10 tells us love is the fulfillment of the law. This means as long we live and act in love to one another, we fulfill the law. If the law is then been fulfilled then there is no sin. It is then understandable when Apostle Peter says in 1 Pet. 4:8 that love covers a multitude of sin. We triumph over sin when we live in love: love for God and love for our neighbours.

Sin cannot thrive where love is reigning. The only way to walk in the victory Christ has given us is to continue in love. The only way to show that we are on the winning side is to continue in love. The only way to show that we are truly born of God is to continue in love. (1 John 3:10-16)

The scripture tells us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Cor. 10:2). Our sin is a stronghold that was pulled down by love. This is what Apostle Paul was laying emphasis on in the previous verse and subsequent verses of the chapter where he lists various strongholds, principalities, and powers, all conquered by the love of God. (Rom. 8: 31-39)

The message of salvation is centred on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is what has the power the save. This is the gospel we have received. Moreover, the power of this gospel is the message of love behind it. John 3:16 sums up the gospel, where the pivotal point is God’s love. The gospel talks about God being love, the Holy Spirit being the Spirit of love, and Jesus dying for our sins because of His love for us. If we study the word closely, we would soon realise that the message of the cross is love. The good news is that all that Jesus had to endure was endured because He loved us. This is what has brought so many men to their knees in brokenness and lifted many others in elation; that God could love man so much. It is indeed awesome. And by implication, hell has no power, and death has lost its victory over us because of this grand display of His love for us.

Think of all Jesus had to endure: suffering, beating, insults, embarrassment, and even death. All of that because of His love for you. Jesus came to earth to defeat sin and death not because those things affected Him but because He loved us.

Love never fails. All things will pass but the love of God remains. Therefore if the love of God remains and our victory is built on the love of God, it is safe to infer that our victory never fails nor will it pass away. (1 Cor. 13:8, 13)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 John 15:13 KJV

Published by teniiiola

A Pharmacy student who loves to talk about God.

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