Someone noticed that I talk a lot about God’s care and protection. It seems like I come across these themes quite a bit, especially in my readings found in the Old Testament.
Their king will always come from the family of my servant King David and will care for them like a shepherd. The people of Israel will faithfully obey my laws. They and their descendants will live in the land I gave my servant Jacob, just as their ancestors did. I solemnly promise to bless the people of Israel with unending peace. I will protect them and let them become a powerful nation. My temple will stand in Israel for all time – Ezekiel 37:24-26 CEV
I think it excites me to read these passages of scripture because they relate so freely to the love that Jesus has for me. If He can love a group of people who reject Him so often, so fully, lacking so much gratitude for what He has done in their lives, then I know His love for me can equal such actions from me.
It was before Passover, and Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and to return to the Father. He had always loved his followers in this world, and he loved them to the very end. – John 13:1 CEV
Unconditional love, a word that is known but a word rarely experienced. I look for it in all my relationships that matter. It is inside me to want and I believe it is in me to give, but I choose judgement over love sometimes. Somehow I feel it gives me more power. But love changes the world, as it has me. If I want someone to know just how much they mean to me, how much I cherish them, how much they matter to God, then I need to let them know of Jesus love for them. Jesus can care and protect more than anyone or anything this world has to offer. What other gift can I give to you other than Jesus and His love – what other gift would you want from me?
Father, remind me that your unconditional love is the greatest gift I can give to someone today. No matter if they are looking for something else, like the forty year old lame beggar at the Beautiful Gate who was looking for a gift of money. Peter and John said, we do not have money, but we have Jesus, can we give Him to you? Taking the man by the hand they said stand up and walk. That Lord, that image of love, has not left my mind for some time. That is the kind of love I want to give away today. Fill me with Your Spirit and enable me to do that with those I meet. Thank you for allowing me to be a bit of You in someone’s life. Amen.