In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
I cannot believe that the last time I posted something here was, well, more than a year ago. I am never a good writer to begin with and now I feel like I don’t even know a thing about writing anymore. Anyway, I just finished reading Max Lucado’s He chose the nails and I’m feeling a lot of emotions. I’ve been reading it every year since I got it in 2012, mostly I read it during the Lent and right now it’s the Lenten season so I picked it up again. I wanted to write something cohesive but I’m afraid I can’t do that. (I’m such a mess.) But hey, bear with me. I just really want to reiterate how crazy God’s love is. I know I would always describe God’s loves as crazy (I have a limited vocabulary, people) and honestly (I tried to widen my range) I just can’t find a better word because it really is!
Reading through this book for the nth time reminded how filthy my sins really are before Him. I know this isn’t entirely new and I guess my prayer in this is that what He did will never be an old story for me. I hope that every time I’d read about what God did to win my heart, every time I read His Word, I’d be filled with awe and be left astonished before His glory and amazing love but I hope I wouldn’t stop there. I hope and I pray that I will always have a response, and that the response wouldn’t be guilt or shame, I pray that my response would always be to cling to Him, receive His love, and shout it out.
I need a lot of fixing in me, God knows how gruesome I still am but God is still at work in me and by His grace I will press on, I will wrestle and persevere until that day when I see Him face to face.
See I told you I cannot write cohesively but may God bless you and may your joy be complete in Jesus’ name.
Oh and quickly, let me add my favorite quote from the book,
“And because the Beauty loved the Beast, the Beast became more beautiful himself.” – Max Lucado
Today I finished reading this very amazing book that is Mere Christianity. C.S. Lewis will always be one of my favorite authors. I cannot put into words the lessons I have learned from this book. I also was reminded of a lot of things. All I can say is you gotta read it, too.
In Christ a new kind of man appeared: and the new kind of life which began in Him is to be put in us. -C.S.L
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I just finished reading this book entitled “Jesus loves you, this I know”. It was written by two pastors ( Craig Gross and Jason Harper) and basically this book is expounding the very truth in the phrase: “Jesus loves you.” Jesus loves us. He loves people. He loves sinners; these sinners are the very reason why He went down on earth from His heavenly throne. We, the sinners are the very reason why God allowed His one and only Son to die on a cross. Jesus went down on earth because He loves every one, He went here so that everyone of His lost sheep are found. He died for us to gain an eternal life with Him; He so loves us that He doesn’t want us to die with our sins. He died so our sins can die with Him; He rose from death so we can live with Him in eternity.
1 John 4:9-10 – 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. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
As I finish reading the book, I learned two points that I should always remind myself:
- Jesus loves you way before you loved Him. – He did not force me to love Him. He loved me first, so I may be able to love Him back.
1 John 4:19 NLT – We love each other because He loved us first.
This made me realize that because I am aware that Jesus loves me, it is my response to His love that I share this truth by loving people and by loving people I mean loving all kinds of people, people who believes and people who does not. Jesus said “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” Love is not based on feelings at the moment for feelings cannot be trusted, it is a decision; I chose to love because my God loved me even as a sinner and it’s because I love Him that I will show others how loving He is.
- I am a sinner too and Jesus loves me. – I was reminded that I have no right to judge others for the way they live their life. I too was imprisoned in the world of sin, and I can never be able to save myself. It is only because Jesus loves me that I am freed. Yes, there are right things to do and there are sins, but I cannot condemn others for doing wrong, Jesus went here to save humanity, not to condemn. What right do I have to judge people? None, only God can judge for He is the only one who can see what’s inside a man’s heart. Also there would always be time that I would fall short, I will still sin for I am not perfect; I have no right to judge sinners when I also am one. I can only love because God gave me the grace to love.
Now, all I can do is to live my life according to the Word of my Savior. I want to tell the message of my Savior’s love, but this book reminded me that I couldn’t make people experience the love of God if I’m just going to talk about it, I need to also do it. Put words into action; walk the talk. I learned a lot more from this book, and I just can’t seem to put everything in words, but I know that I can definitely do what these two pastors can; to love others as Jesus loves me.