“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.” ~ Sophocles
Recently we talked about prevenient, justifying, sanctifying grace, and Christian perfection. We talked about becoming more like Jesus every day in our walk. Tying it all together is one word: love.
From the beginning, God made us to be in relationship with him. When sin happened, God couldn’t have anything to do with that.
Because of love, Jesus came became flesh, lived and walked among us and took upon himself the sin of the world so we would be righteous in the Father’s eyes again. Forevermore, when we accept Christ, we are hidden in him.
Even so, we still live with a sinful nature. It isn’t always easy to show others the light when life seems to get in our way. The world is not our home and when we fix our eyes on our faith, he is faithful to guide us through. Remembering daily to live with love is always the right choice for us.
Learning to navigate in kindness and love is a choice. Jesus said we would struggle. Whether it’s a big struggle or a small one, our God is faithful and just to forgive us and make us clean through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Love conquers all.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT)
As we strive to walk like Jesus, let us remember love. Let us love as Jesus loved us since he loved us first and came to show us the way.
Prayer: Lord, help us remember to love ourselves and to show others your love. May your love permeate our lives and attract others to your light. Thank you for your steadfast and abiding love. In Jesus name, amen.