I pray this newsletter finds you resting well over this Easter break.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:21
As I reflect on the fact that Jesus died on the cross as me so that I would be resurrected with Him and become like Him, – I am overwhelmed at the depth of His love. It is difficult for me to fathom such a love and yet He continues to pursue us with it until we are completely transformed by it.
A friend recently expressed to me that she was a bit scared of going deeper with God in case she went off the deep end.
She was just communicating a fear that is shared by many. A fear of loving so much that we would lose ourselves in it. That we might fall victim to abuse or rejection. So, it’s easier to live life with safe spaces between us. A plan B in case the current plan goes awry. Full commitment is deemed an outdated and an unnecessary risk. Our version of love has a back door, so it is natural to be a little confused or disconnected from the truth of God’s unconditional love for us.
He gave it all and gave it freely. He risks us walking away from Him everyday and some of us do. Yet love is not what He does, it is who He is. He has no back door. He has one door and it is always open. We are afraid of what we don’t know.
This Easter, I pray that you would get to know Him until you are no longer afraid of Him. Until His perfect love redefines your love for Him, for yourself and eventually for others.
A blessed Easter to you and yours.
“The fountains from which love flows are in God, not in us. It is absurd to think that the love of God is naturally in our hearts, as a result of our own nature. His love is there only because it “has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit…” (Romans 5:5).
If we try to prove to God how much we love Him, it is a sure sign that we really don’t love Him. The evidence of our love for Him is the absolute spontaneity of our love, which flows naturally from His nature within us. And when we look back, we will not be able to determine why we did certain things, but we can know that we did them according to the spontaneous nature of His love in us. The life of God exhibits itself in this spontaneous way because the fountains of His love are in the Holy Spirit.” Oswald Chambers
Chambers, O. (n.d.). My Utmost For His HIghest. Spontaneous Love.