by Chaplain Barbara Embry
Citizens Baptist Medical Center
When a subject starts with a question it is good to know that the intent is to raise awareness. This is a question I have been prompted to ask myself frequently within the past few months. Eastertide is a wonderful time to stop, reflect and ask yourself many questions relative to the love of God. These thoughts and mediations cause love to overflow in my heart to the point of not being able to contain it!
God’s love for us caused Him to give His only begotten Son to bear our sins on the tree, becoming the curse for us. We gained life, abundant life, and a position as a child of God through His love. As we became heirs with Jesus we were given rights and privileges that are beyond most of our comprehension. Sometimes we forget who and whose we are during times of struggle and dismay. But God always has a ram in the bush for those who need to be reminded, from time to time, that He really is God with forethought for our lives, just as He did for our salvation.
This great love of God prepared for us the path of life that we would be propelled through by His Spirit. Love walked through where we are to follow. Jesus said that He would prepare a place for us and come back to receive us unto Himself (John 14:2-4). We must also remember that we have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3). This love of God has encompassed our whole life. What kind of love is this that covers us so completely? Let’s see some Biblical examples that we might be encouraged in our walk of life.
God is aware of all of our needs, and when we consider the task Christ endured to meet our need we will certainly consider the love given. He personally carried us (our sin) with Him to the cross and became the exactness of untainted love.
Joseph was a commander in Egypt in God’s mind before he was a slave and a prisoner (Gen. 39: 19-21; 41:41). Genesis 19:21 (NLT) declares that God was with Joseph and showed him His perfect love.
God had love and mercy for Peter as his faith dwindled and he denied Christ. God knew the plans He had in store for Peter (Mark 14:66-72; Acts 2:38-41). This love covers a multitude of sins and seeks to forgive. What manner of love is this?
God’s love prepared Boaz’s heart for Ruth even while she was without a home and childless. God’s love superseded time and space. What kind of love would have a superior plan while you are still wondering about what to do? The love of God!
As we experience this wonderful abounding love we must always look back to Calvary. Love flowed from there into countless places of destitution. Beloved, this manner of love revives, rejuvenates, restores and renews us in Christ Jesus. It purchased our freedom and rendered us righteous. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1)
When I think of the love of Jesus and all that He has done for me my soul cries out. “Hallelujah, I thank God for saving me.”
Father, we thank You for unselfishly giving us Your Son. He redeemed us from the curse of the law, and rescued us from the hand of the enemy. His blood cleansed us and continually covers us. We honor and bless You in this Eastertide. Keep us in Your love we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!