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2020-05-22 At the Cross

“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

There is no greater command in the universe than to love the Lord with all our hearts, but where does this all begin and what does this look like in our everyday lives? The scripture above makes it abundantly clear our starting place is GOD’S LOVE FOR US!

Our love for Him needs to begin with His love for us! Where do we find this love, and how do we receive it? We begin at the cross! Jesus Christ, Son of God, who is God, came in the form of a man to this earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross to bear all God’s wrath at us for our sins and our sin penalty of death, hell, and the lake of fire forever upon Himself so all who turn from their sins, believe in Him as Lord, and turn to God and His ways are given an everlasting relationship with God.

God loves us more than we can fathom, and we receive His love when we receive Jesus as Lord and His Spirit comes to live in us.

When we believe in Jesus as Lord and become His faithful followers, living day in and day out led by God’s Spirit according to God’s Word, the Bible, we grow in God’s image and grow closer to the Lord and are ever filled with His love!

What can and should we possibly do with a love so unfathomable? We love the Lord in return, and we love others as ourselves! What does loving the Lord with all our hearts look like?

The Lord shows us in the Bible how He desires to be loved! Let us spend time with Him daily, praying to Him, seeking Him, reading the Bible, listening to Him speak to our hearts, praising and worshiping Him, learning from Him and about Him, being changed by Him, and learning breath by breath how to love Him with all of our hearts!

https://goodnews.love/todays-cross-devotional-2/

But He was wounded[a] for our transgressions,
He was [
b]bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes[
c] we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord [
d]has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:5-6 (NKJV)

Alas! and did my Savior bleed, 
and did my Sovereign die!
Would he devote that sacred head 
for sinners such as I? 

At the cross, at the cross 

Where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away,

It was there by faith I received my sight,

And now I am happy all the day!

Was it for crimes that I have done, 
he groaned upon the tree? 
Amazing pity! Grace unknown! 
And love beyond degree! 

Well might the sun in darkness hide, 
and shut its glories in, 
when God, the mighty maker, died 
for his own creature's sin. 

Thus might I hide my blushing face 
while his dear cross appears; 
dissolve my heart in thankfulness, 
and melt mine eyes to tears. 

But drops of tears can ne'er repay 
the debt of love I owe. 
Here, Lord, I give myself away; 
'tis all that I can do. 

PS:  We never know how deeply our actions affect the lives of others. Almost one hundred and fifty years after this hymn was written by Isaac Watts in 1707, a thirty year old blind woman heard a revival choir sing this simple hymn. When the choir came to the final line, “Here, Lord, I give myself away,” she gave herself away to the Lord as well.  That blind woman was Fanny Crosby, who went on to become the greatest writer of gospel songs in the past century. We never know how deeply our lives will touch the lives of others.

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