God Uses Love to Purge Sin Out of Human Heart
Proverbs 16:6 AMP says, “By MERCY AND LOVE, truth and fidelity [to God and man–not by sacrificial offerings], INIQUITY IS PURGED OUT OF THE HEART, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.”
This verse is saying that God uses mercy and love to remove sin out of the heart of man, not sacrificial offerings. As we receiving the unconditional love of God and commit ourselves to Him He does the purging of sin out of our hearts.
Romans 2:4 AMP says, “Or are you [so blind as to] … despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that GOD’S KINDNESS IS INTENDED TO LEAD YOU TO REPENT (to change your mind and inner man to accept God’s will)?” God believes in the power of His love to change us, we should simply receive it and watch what He will achieve as we yield our lives to Him.
This reminds me of the story that was told by Jesus Christ about a shepherd who left 99 sheep to look for one lost sheep. When the shepherd found the lost sheep he put it on his shoulders and carried it back to the other sheep. The shepherd did not punish the sheep but carried it upon his shoulders to give it rest as they travelled back to the other sheep. When we receive Christ God does not demand sacrificial service from us but He makes us rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
The Bible, in the book of Romans chapter 8 verses 32-39, tells us that nothing can separate us from God’s love for us. Because of that truth nobody has the right to accuse and condemn us (verses 33&34). Our right standing with God is based on WHAT HE DID FOR US, NOT WHAT WE DO FOR HIM. It is for this reason that we cannot be accused or condemned. God uses His unconditional love to win us over to Himself.
Romans 1:18-20 tells us that every man knows God and they have no excuse for not believing in Him. This passage also talks about the fact that those who do not believe in Him are aware of His coming wrath when they meet Him. For this reason we should not major on preaching the wrath of God but PREACHING HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE that we receive when we believe what He did for us in Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:21 tells us that it PLEASED God to save those who believed through THE PREACHING OF THE GOOD NEWS, not the preaching of the wrath of God. As we tell people that our acceptability before God is not dependent on our actions; God has already accepted us because of the finished work of Christ, as they believe the Good News of His love He will change their lives until they are filled with His fullness – Ephesians 3:19.
The real Gospel is about the unconditional love of God, not how much He hates sin. The real Gospel has the power to set people free from any bondage, including sin. When we respond to God’s love, by drawing closer to Him, sin loses its grip on us since we know that He is not angry at us for missing the mark – Romans 4:6-8. Successful Christian walk is the result of comprehending the depth and width of God’s love for us.