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Life Application Truth-The Freeing Effect of Liberating Love

March 20th, 2012

JOHN SHIRK – From Genesis 14:14.

“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.”

The relative that Abram sought to rescue was Lot, who had been taken captive by four kings who attacked Sodom, where Lot was living. Abram’s pursuit of Lot led to a rescue attempt that succeeded. His rescue effort says something important to us about the nature of love. Love seeks to protect. If someone we love is in trouble, we will run to the rescue, even if that means risking personal security to help them.  Love is not passive, but forms a plan to take action to release our loved ones from anything that holds them captive. This is what Abram did.  This is also what Jesus did when He saw our captivity to sin. He was not passive. He ran to the rescue. He risked personal security for our benefit. His rescue plan succeeded at the cross and empty grave. There was no plan B. Jesus made the difference. His love never fails.

Release from sin’s captivity is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


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