Yesterday, Pastor Dave shared how important it is for us to show love to others, and challenged us to do something radical.
We need to keep in mind, or better yet, refresh our memories, abut the “furious love of God…”, as Brennan Manning puts it.
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
The words that strike me most in this passage are “we were utterly helpless”. We were lost in our sins and despair, with no hope…and God sent Jesus! Why? Because of his great and furious love for you.
There is no doubt of the Fathers love towards you. That is incredibly reassuring. Whenever you have doubts that may try and creep in, remember that God sent His Son for YOU…”while we were still sinners.” He didn’t wait for us to get our act together, but God sent Jesus while we were at our worst.
There was nothing you or I did to earn His favor. There was nothing we could have done to “earn” our salvation. It was all God.
“We please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections and believing that He understands everything–and still loves us. A. W. Tozer
I’s amazing to think that the God of the universe is pleased with you. I know all, or most, of my imperfections (as does my wife) and He loves me all the same. We as people have a tendency to be harder on ourselves than on others. I forgive somebody much quicker than I forgive myself; I am critical of myself much more than I am ever critical of somebody else. But God is not critical or hard on you. He knows we are but dust, and He loves us.
The best way for us to refresh ourselves on this Great Love the Father has lavished upon us is to quiet our souls and rest in His Presence. Take time out from your busy day and allow the Love of God to refresh your spirit. Take time to remember, and write down what He has done in your life. The Israelites did this often. Look at Joshua 4 when they crossed into the Promised Land. Someone from each tribe went ahead and took a stone from the Jordan River to be a “memorial forever”, to remind them what God did.
The more acquainted and reminded I am of the Love of God, the more apt I am to live it daily–and share it with others.
After all, Christianity is a life lived in love with Jesus.