What is love? I asked God again, after a long day and a heavy heart.
I thought about my love question for some time. Several weeks went by and I found out I was pregnant. I thought back to the moment in the living room. I saw where I was sitting and I remembered asking God about love.
My current bible study has my eyes fixed on the New Testament book of John.
The cross of Jesus is a symbol of true love. His sacrifice on the cross offers redemption and hope. God sent his one and only Son to accomplish what I could never ever do for myself. What we could never do for ourselves.
At almost month eight of pregnancy, I feel my little one’s happy feet dance everyday. I can’t even get upset about it! I sense her movement and joy overtakes the occasional discomfort.
Imagine doing what God did for us and send off your child to die for other people.
Could you do it?
In the light of love, what is more loving than someone that chose to die for you? Someone taking your place and canceling a debt you can’t pay? A debt that actually costs a life! The Old Testament continually points to Jesus;
“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11, NIV).
The New Testament reminds us without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus suffered and sacrificed so I can be forgiven.
John 18 and 19 amaze me. Jesus is so gentle! He never retaliates. He never screams at anyone or claims that he doesn’t deserve this treatment. Which he didn’t deserve any of it!
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8, NIV).
He loved me enough to shed his blood and give his life for me. For you. Additionally, how monumental it is that we can stand before God without shame! When God looks at us, He sees Jesus’s blood covering over all of our transgressions. I am learning about this great gift of love.
Love is sacrifice, relationship and forgiveness.
This gives me a framework of what God intends for love. Now, as my body grows this human life, I think of the perfecter who went before me. Jesus gave me an image of love to mirror for my baby and my family. A picture of love, sacrifice, forgiveness and relationship. Perfection is impossible and this simple yet deep question will be answered along my life journey.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2-3, NIV).
I fix my eyes on Jesus. After what He did for me, I long for relationship with Him! Jesus gives me the freedom to take all of my circumstances, emotions, hard things and prideful things to the cross. I heard the following quote in a Bible Study lecture this week;
“The cross fuels faith”
Jesus said,” It is finished.” And He gave up his spirit, He gave His life. He gave for love.
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