Daily Devotional 4/16/14 “There is no greater love!”

There is no greater love than the love shown when God gave His only Son to die in Golgotha (Calvary). There is no greater love than the love shown when Jesus was bought for only thirty pieces of silver although His worth is immeasurable. There is no greater love than the love shown by Jesus when He was stripped of His clothes, given a scarlet robe to wear and a crown of thorns placed on His head as they mocked Him for being who He was. There is no greater love than the love shown by Jesus when He was bound over to be crucified although He had committed no crime. There is no greater love than the love shown by Jesus when He was given wine to drink that was mixed with gall (bile) even though He offered many living water so they’d never thirst again. There is no greater love than the love shown when Jesus endured being pierced in the same hands that healed folk, sometimes those who didn’t even say thank you. There is no greater love than the love shown when Jesus was pierced in the same feet that traveled miles to minister to and teach folk, raise folk from the dead, cast out demons and perform miracles. There is no greater love than the love shown for us, God’s people; us, the ones God knew would sin so He gave us the ability to repent through the crucifixion of His only Son. There is no greater love!

Yet, here we are; those same sinners who’d rather take this great love and throw it away. You open Facebook everyday but barely open a bible. You make happy hour but not bible study. You’ll be the first one at karaoke but won’t make choir rehearsal. You’re never late for work but you’re always late for church. You won’t say anything to folk but you’re quick to put your mouth on pastor. And you can’t even manage your own finances but you’ll tell the church how to manage theirs. Where is the appreciation for the love that Jesus showed? Where is the gratitude for the love that God shows to us every day? When will the love we’ve been given be given back? When will we show our thankfulness? Isn’t this love worthy of it every day and not just when we play dress up on Easter Sunday? Will we truly understand and appreciate this great love before it’s too late?

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first. 1 John 4:16-19.”

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