Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This I Do for Love

Do you ever have those days when no one seems to understand you?  Perhaps you cannot express yourself in a way that makes sense or solves the dilemma you face over a particular person or circumstance.  At those times grace might seem insufficient or even nonexistent yet you remain steadfast and determined, whether or not you are understood.  This you do for love.

More than once -- quite often, actually -- I have found myself in conflict with people who seem determined to do things the hard way, or at least bent on making things harder for me.  They don't seem to appreciate the sacrifices I make in their behalf by working hard or fighting for what is important.  As hard as they may push back I hold my ground because this I do for love.

What if Jesus had taken one look at us and said, "He's not worth it" or "She is determined to make things difficult?"  What if He had decided that we weren't worth dying for?  What hope would we have if Jesus had given up on us as easily as we give up on those we love and are fighting for?

Scripture tells us, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8, NIV).  We didn't deserve forgiveness and salvation, but He so desired to spend eternity with us that he was willing to lay down his life, dying a criminal's death on the cross,   This He did for love.

If Jesus was willing to give his all for us, shouldn't we be a little more inclined to do whatever it takes to win the lost to Christ and help our fellow sojourners find a better way of living?  Instead of being so quick to give in or give up on those who frustrate us, we need to pray for and pick up those traveling with us on the way.  That's what love would do!

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