This weeks treasure verse is Romans 5:8. Here we are reminded of God’s demonstration of his love for us. He chose the proof of his extravagant, never ending love to be one matchless in cost, immeasurable in accomplishment, and pure perfection all in one. The one true God displayed his enduring love for sinful humanity when he provided the only acceptable sacrifice— his very own sinless Son, Jesus Christ– required for the canceling out of all the sins of humanity. God did not wait for us to recognize our sin and then demonstrate his love for us. No, he showed “his love while we were still sinners”. This kindness extended by the Lord was done with the purpose of leading humanity to repentance(Romans 2:4) and reconciliation with himself to experience intimate relationship with him once again. A relationship like he shared with Adam and Eve before sin entered our world(Genesis 3:1-24). I encourage us each to take a moment to reflect on the extravagance of the Lord’s sacrifice to reestablish a direct
personal relationship with us. How does his sacrifice speak to your heart?
Lent season, a time to reflect on our lives in light of the meaning and results of Jesus sacrifice, started last Wednesday. Some choose to set aside this 40 days before resurrection Sunday(Easter April 16th,2017) to reflect and even to partake in honoring the sacrifice of Christ with a personally fasting or giving up something to demonstrate their love and appreciation for Christ’s love for them. (If the concept of lent is new to you find out more at this link http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/lent-101-honoring-the-sacrafice-of-jesus-1382259.html )
As you have been reading this reflection, you may be feeling the Lord nudge your heart or even have feelings that you need to do something as your personal demonstration of your love for your Savior. That is lovely and beautiful. A good scripture to keep in mind as you reflect on how you will express your love is Psalm 51: 16 -17 “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring you it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My scarf, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
Lord I pray that we will present to you the delight of your heart with a personal sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart before you. A heart that responds to your kindness that leads to repentance and a desire to live in an intimate love relationship with you through the indwelling of your spirit in our hearts. Thank you Lord for your matchless expression of love toward us while we were still sinners. In Jesus’ Holy name, Amen.
Is there a word in the dictionary that describes how you feel about God? I’d love for you to share it with me. He is my Rock!
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Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”