On the Fourth of July of this year, God said something to me that has changed the way I see everything in this nation. He had me turn to Isaiah 38:17 in my Amplified Bible. This is what it says.
…You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
I saw immediately what He was saying to me. He was going to love back this nation from the pit of corruption and nothingness, because He was going to cast her sins behind His back. I also immediately knew what that meant. He was going to do it as I did it. Where is His love? Shed abroad in my heart (Romans 5:5). And I have been asked to forgive, to remit the sins of others (John 20:22-23; 1 John 5:16).
The Lord once put a person in my life who was quite challenging to love. I was complaining to the Lord about it. (He already knew what I was thinking). His response to me was, “I didn’t put her in your life so that you could judge her. I put her in your life, so that you could love her.”
When He spoke those words, I knew what else He was saying to me. Isaiah 38:17 (Amp) came to mind. I was to love her life back from the pit of corruption and nothingness by casting her sins behind my back. I did. And her life was indeed loved back from that pit.
Just the other day a scripture that I don’t really like to think about came to mind.
And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity… (Matthew 24:12, Amplified)
The word translated as love in this verse is the Greek word agape. It is the God kind of love and only those who have received His Son as their Savior have this kind of love. Has the lawlessness and iniquity that is running rampant in the world, in this nation, including in our government caused your love to grow cold?
Across the Body of Christ many are praying for and expecting a great awakening to God. Who is God? He is love. I am praying for and expecting a great awakening to love.
So on the Fourth of July as God spoke that scripture in my heart I knew He needed His people to love and forgive. I said, “You can use me to love back this nation. I will love her.”
In the next moment I knew what that meant. I must love Barak Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and all the others that are taking this nation further and further away from her Godly foundations.
Do I agree with them? No. Do I condone their sins? No. But does that mean I get to not love them, or even hate them? No. Will I vote for them? No.
I am looking for that great awakening to love and it starts with me. It starts with you. Will you be a part of God loving this nation back, by loving the people of this nation from the top to the bottom?
Humbling. Love you.