I sat on my couch, tears steadily streaming down my face begging my head to turn away, but feeling the weight of the reality that He endured much more than what my eyes were seeing.The Passion of the Christ. The love of my Jesus. The Cross. The Empty Tomb.
They aren't holiday symbols, they're real things, real occurrences, the most astounding sign and wonder the world has ever seen. Jesus humbled Himself to become a man. He left all of heaven to take on all of earth. As He was spit on and mocked He knew He was about to hang on a cross for the very ones who were choosing to crucify Him. As He befriended Judas and put him as head over the treasury, He poured His heart and life into a man He knew would betray Him. As He called Peter into His inner circle, walked with Him, dined with Him, prayed with Him, He drew close to the man He knew would deny Him. As He hung on that cross He loved mankind so much that He paid for the sin of people who would never return His love.
How do I let that example impact my relationships and life on a daily basis?
Most of us spend our lives trying to avoid pain. We run away from the ones who cause it, we deny it when we do it, we stray away from those we don't think love us in return, we avoid those who "feel" like they might betray us, we struggle to invest in relationships that won't yield any perceived "benefit". Bob Jones was asked by God one question... "Have you learned to love?"
The problem I've found among believers isn't that we don't want to love, it's that we've decided in our own finite thinking that we know what love is. We begin to put all of these humanistic conditions on love. However when I look in the Word it's pretty specific. God is love. Jesus is God manifested on this earth and 1 Corinthians 13 is what He looks like.
Holy Spirit, just help us to love like He loved. Love the prostitute. Love the sinner. Love the betrayer. Love the denier. Love the disloyal. Love the hurting. Love the poor. Love the broken. Love them all, just like you love.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
Be Blessed, J. Tate