Let me tell you what love is.

Love is undeserved.

Picture this. There is a person in your life who hates you. They do the complete opposite of what is good for you. They may metaphorically or literally spit in your face. They ruin your reputation, they steal from you, they hate and judge you for everything you say or do, even though in return you do nothing to harm them.

So what would you do in that situation? Call the police? What do you deserve?

Most people would say that you deserve to yell at them. You deserve to have them arrested and given a restraining order. You deserve to cut them off from your life. You deserve to surround yourself with people who simply tell you kind words and do the things you want to do.

Now picture this.

Instead of one person… It’s an entire nation.

Instead of removing yourself from them, you walk into the midst of these people.

They condemn you and take your life.

Now realize this… That happened. Jesus did that. And by doing so, He provided a way for a rebellious people like ourselves to know love. To know Him. Because God is holy, He cannot be in the presence of sin. But Jesus has come and clothed us in righteousness… If we accept our need of Him and follow His word. And He gave us this by dying on our behalf when we spit in His face, then rising again three days later. He conquered death so that us, deserving of that death, could live. He forgave us when we sought none. All we need to do is accept it and give our lives to Him.

Love isn’t allowing everything that makes us happy now or just makes sense to us. Love isn’t choosing to ignore wrongdoing.

Love is facing it. Love is confronting it, giving grace, and working hard together to correct it. Love follows truth. And love? Love is the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for you. For me. Love isn’t easy. Love isn’t always fun… but that kind of love? It’s worth it.

Speaking as a filthy, unrighteous sinner – a liar, a swindler, a reviler, one who has known immorality, a selfish and prideful idolater of self – someone who knows the strong desire to sin and reject God – I know this love is greater and worth the denial of myself. I know this love is strong enough to make me – me! – clean again and strong enough to desire more than what’s in this life.

That’s how ‪#‎LoveWins‬. That’s how love has WON.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” { I Corinthians 6:9-11 }