Friday, March 20, 2015

I love Jesus

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

Easter is the time we celebrate the fact that our God, the one we worship year round is alive.  So many of the world’s leaders, spiritual and otherwise, are wasting away in some tomb or grave.  It is not so with our Savior.

Jesus is alive.  His love remains true now and forever.  I continue to be overwhelmed by the love of God.  How is it that our all knowing and perfect God would love me since I am flawed and have many issues?  The only way to resolve that love and how He loves us is to by faith accept the fact that God’s love has no strings attached and is based on His unconditional covenant with us.

Nothing changes, nothing removes, nothing cancels God’s love for us, His children.  All around us there is evidence of God’s love.  Listen to the stories of the people you know that have experienced God’s unending love.   Their stories will capture your heart and leave you, as they have me, wanting to tell others how awesome our God is.

Try His love from this angle:

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

Yes, that is the hymn “My Jesus, I Love Thee” written by William Ralph Featherston over 150 years ago.  The words of this poem ring forever in my heart.  I learned it as a child, sang it so many times in church and continue to have it as a reminder when I am thinking about God’s love.

I challenge you to spend some time as we head toward the celebration of Easter, two weeks from Sunday, thinking about the love of God.  It really is more than we can understand!

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

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