Love’s Journey to the Cross – Lent Reflections
God is love, 1 John 4:9
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We have been counting down the days of Lent towards Easter Sunday, as we focus on love’s journey to the cross.
How often have you said you were having a bad day or a bad week? Could any of us say we’ve had a week like Christ did… leading up to the cross? Today, we call ‘Good’ Friday… only because we have a Good Father who didn’t spare his own Son, but handed him over to death for all of us to live in freedom!
Do you TRULY know that you can come to God and receive His unconditional love without doing anything to earn it? …Or are you stuck in trying to be good in order to be loved?
Reflect with me on 1 John 4:9…
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Let me make it more personal for you…
This is how God showed his love to you: He sent his one and only Son for you, that you might live through him.
He chose to live through a horrific, yet Holy week and give His life on a gruesome, but very Good Friday. How can you and I even begin to live our lives in gratitude?
Because of the cross, He invites us to live in freedom. Freedom living is showing His love to others, like a reflection, …much like the moon reflects the sun’s light. The love we show is always, only a reflection of His great love. Matthew 2 calls us to love God, and then to love others. Our love for others comes from our love from God. God is love and we are His.
God, You are not simply loving, you ARE love itself. You ARE the source of all perfect love.
Hate sometimes leaks out of our fleshly hearts. Dry it up, Good Father, and help us to see others the way you see them. Live through us, that we may live in freedom, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Originally written for Good Friday, Mar 25-16)