I Love You More Than (Part I)
To affirm something means to state it as fact or assert strongly and publicly. In this new three-part series, we are going to be affirming our love for God; in this first post, we will be affirming that we love God more than our sin.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
“Seek first.” God comes first. He is above everything else in our lives. As Colossians 1:15 tells us, Christ is “supreme over all creation,” therefore nothing comes before Him, but when we choose to sin, we are choosing in that moment to elevate that sin above God. We declare that the desires of our sinful nature and the urge to satisfy them is greater than our obedience to the Lord. Jesus said “go and sin no more” (John 8:11), Paul made it clear that we do not keep on sinning because we have died to sin (Romans 6:1-2), and John wrote that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning (1 John 5:18).
What then shall we do when temptations come, when the urge to satisfy our sinful nature rises in us? We affirm to the Lord (and to ourselves) that we love Him more than our sin! I have found this a powerful tool when temptations come, to say in my head and heart, and sometimes aloud, “I love you more than my sin.” When we do this, we shift our focus immediately from the sin we are being tempted toward, to our love and commitment to the Lord. Doing this will help set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
The next time temptations come your way, the next time your sinful nature begs to be satisfied, affirm your love for the Lord, that you love Him more than your sin.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.