And why does He subject himself to this? Because of love for us. That's crazy. I mean, whoa. God loves us so much that He conquered death for us. And not in any light, easy, run of the mill way. He suffered. I mean really suffered. He suffered and died, and then rose from the dead, so that we might live. Seriously?? I mean, who are we, that God would save us? That is some powerful stuff.
Let's talk forgiveness. Let's talk Grace. Let's talk love. This is where the introspection begins. Ask yourself these questions:
In what ways have I really tried to show anyone real love? How?
When was the last time I admitted that I need saving?
Am I holding a grudge? Is there a hurt that I can't let go of? Why not let it go?
When did I last forgive someone that I loved?
Has anyone betrayed, mocked, or hurt me? How did I show them love?
Think of the best gift you've ever received, or a time you wanted to do something wonderful for someone you thought the world of. What was it?We are not perfect. But when you think about what God did so that we might be connected with Him, how can you not strive to be someone who shares the Good News in their life and in their (re)actions? I know that I am guilty of being (very) human. I am quick to anger, but also quick to forgive. I am idle, and much less devoted than I want to be. How can I be more like Him? Through patience, and practice, and love. And time in the Word, learning His ways, and practice and then more practice.
So, that's the goal. To aim to live a life like His. A life He would be proud of. I will never reach that goal, I know that. But it's still my aim. I will start by remembering what He did for me, and for us. I will reflect on the magnitude of his gift. His perfect life was crushed, and He overcame death, because He loves me. I mean really loves me, in a wonderful, powerful, unbelievable way. And He loves you, in that same marvelous way. Now, that's what I'm talking about- a savior. There is no other word that sums this weekend up for me. He is my savior. He can move mountains.
Happy Good Friday, everybody! And come Easter, rejoice!