Love Never Gives Up

Today marks the world’s commemoration of our Lord Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. I was reminded of the scripture from 1 Corinthians 13 that love never gives up.

I was reflecting on these words and realized that Jesus’ loves for us didn’t stop Him on fulfilling the scriptures.

38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (NLT)

In Matthew 26:38, Jesus was in great distress and grief that He felt that He was almost at the point of death. But His love for us and obedience to the Father is greater than His grief and distress. I wonder what was going through Jesus’ mind at that time? I feel that at that time, all our names flashed through his mind and when He thinks of His love for us, it is what that kept Him for not giving up.

Jesus loves us enough for Him to endure the suffering and humiliation. His love for this world didn’t falter when all His creations shouted at Him to crucify Him. His love for us didn’t waver when He was hanging on the cross and being bruised and struck. His love for each one of us is unstoppable, unbreakable.

Lord Jesus, thank you for Good Friday. Indeed, you are a good God and that your love for us never falters nor it wavers. Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross for bearing my sins. Lord Jesus, this day I remember your goodness and love; teach me Lord your way so I could share your love with others. Thank you and I receive the full benefits of the cross.

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The Greatest Love

One would say, that all people have one great love. We often hear that cliche in movies, radio stations, books, and even blogs. A great love story would never be told like this:

A son of a certain man is so wicked. His thoughts, his ways, and even his breath are all about wickedness and his greed of fame, power, and money.

This man owns a number of farms around him. A certain farmer has a young boy working for the wicked son. One day, the wicked son burned up the village and the farms around him because he wanted to convert these farms into high-rise condominiums. A multitude of people was injured in an attempt to stop the fire from growing.

The fire was put down by the people with the help of the local police and firefighters. The police came and ask who was responsible for the arson that caused injuries to many people. Then the farmer came to the police and handed to them his young boy. The young boy was silent, being led by the police and verbally abused by the local villagers. The young boy was punished instead of the wicked man.

In this fallen and selfish world, no such story would end up where a loving father would give his son as payment for someone else’s wickedness. But our Abba Father is good, He gave his only Son for us as a ransom. Love came down and rescue us while we are still sinners.

One great love means someone is willing to take our judgment, not because we are nice or good or smart, but just because He loves us so much. Jesus became obedient even to the cross not because of our credentials, but because Jesus loves us. Jesus endured the suffering of the cross when He can actually cry out to God to take away all the pain and save Him, and yet He did it all just because He loves us. Jesus could have left us empty handed because we mostly choose ourselves above anything else, and yet He and the Father chose to leave the Holy Spirit to empower us because He loves us.

Prayer: Abba Father, thank you for your great love that you gave your Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross on behalf of my sins. It is with your great love that I am alive today. Jesus, thank you for your great love that you endured all those pains and suffering and even a short separation with the Father because of Your great love for me. Thank you also for the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit that keeps on revealing unto us your great love. Thank you, indeed you are a Good God. Amen.

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In His Fullness
One Great Love