Love is Blind

love-is-blindThe English poet Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) wrote that love is blind. The idea is that truth is often distorted as we gaze through rose-colored glasses at the ones we care most about. That distorted view makes us feel good about ourselves, but it is dangerous to everyone involved. Overlooking sin and wrongdoing is never beneficial.

King David’s son stole the throne of Israel and caused David to flee for his life. Yet on the run, David’s greatest concern was always for the welfare of his favorite son. He couldn’t see the situation for what it really was. He refused to see Absalom for who he was and what he’d done. His rebellion was more than against father and the nation; it was open rebellion against God.

As Israel’s army marched to protect God’s chosen king, David commanded his soldiers, Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom (2 Samuel 18:5). David’s concern for his rebellious son influenced his actions. Despite all Absalom did, David loved his son and hoped for reconciliation as if his son’s actions were nothing but a simple misunderstanding. His love as a parent kept him from reality as the king.

Man is a sinner and needs a Saviour. We are ever forgetting how wicked our sin is. We don’t understand that all the love and hugs and warm feelings in the universe cannot fix man’s sin problem. The Bible says that there must be a payment in blood for sin (Hebrews 9:22). Sin is a death sentence demanding full satisfaction (Romans 6:23).

God’s love for you is not blind. The Father didn’t ignore your sin because of His love; instead His love brought Him to send Jesus to die in your place (John 3:16-17). The innocent Jesus took upon Himself the guilt of your sin-debt. WHen Jesus died on the cross, justice was served so that love could reign.

The new birth is the only saving possibility for the sinner, and for new life to come, Jesus died.


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