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A Suffering Love

January 6, 2017

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A Suffering Love

Jesus declared God’s love  (that basic God-given need)  and mercy  for all mankind.     That love of God  was mostly shown   with His faithful preaching  of God’s truths,  backed up  with miracles  for the proof  of authority.

As Jesus preached  God’s truth,  many  people  were awed  with the infinite beauty  and wonder  of God’s love  for each  and every one of them   through the ages.

Then,  to everyone’s troubled puzzlement, Jesus displayed  even more  of God’s love and mercy  in the pain  and suffering  He endured  during His lifetime,  trial,  and death.   This seemed to be opposite  of His power  to perform miracles.

When Jesus,   God Almighty,  allowed mere humans  to mock  and ridicule Him  day after day  and eventually crucify Him,  the ultimate in love  was displayed  for all the world  to see forever  and ever.     But, the degradation and shame  of humankind  was also displayed  forever — and ever.     The most awful shame  in this world  is for lowly,  corrupt humans  to reject  the self-sacrificing love  of God.

In their arrogance,  hatred,  and jealousy,  mere humans  were displayed  exactly as they are  —  foolish,  sinful,  and fully deserving  of eternal death  because of their rejection  of God’s love.     They rejected  their own basic need  for God’s almighty love.    That’s like refusing food,  water  and shelter.

Are only the Jews  to blame?     Hardly.     All sorts of people   still reject   their Savior.     Jesus suffered  and died  for our sins  —  for the sins  of the whole world.   What does that say  to us?

We are so dearly loved  that even God Himself suffered  and died  to pay  for the filthy ugliness  of even our sins.

Wondering about love  in this confusing world?   That is love.   To suffer  for the sake  of another’s salvation  is love.   Are we  to do any less?   Are we to reject  God’s love  —  God’s free offer  of eternal life?

How is our love for God — for Jesus?     Are we honestly willing  to live  the way He wants us  to live?     Are we willing  to give up  all our lies,  adulteries,  jealousies,  idolatries,  hatreds,  and dishonest ways?     Are we willing  to love  even those  who despise us?     Are we willing  to stick to the truth,  no matter what  is threatening us?

How is our love?     Is our love based  on the way Jesus  has loved us?     Are we being masochistic  in the way we allow others  to treat us,  or are we lovingly suffering  for the sake  of saving someone  in the love  of Christ?

There are several cults  that seem to emphasize  the way they suffer  for their beliefs.      Are they suffering  for their beliefs  or their unbeliefs?     Are we suffering  for our beliefs  or unbeliefs?

1 Peter 4:12-16   —   “Beloved, do not be surprised  at the fiery ordeal  among you,  which comes upon you  for your testing,  as though some strange thing  were happening  to you;  but to the degree  that you share the sufferings  of Christ,  keep on rejoicing  so that also  at the revelation  of His glory,  you may rejoice  with exultation.     If you are reviled  for the name of Christ,  you are blessed,  because the Spirit of glory  and of God  rests upon you.    By no means  let any of you suffer  as a murderer,  or thief,  or evildoer,  or a troublesome meddler;  but  if anyone suffers  as a Christian,  let him not feel ashamed,  but in that name  let him glorify God.”

Are we lovingly suffering  for Christ  or for our own sins?     Christians are not being foolish  or masochistic  in their godly love  and suffering.      Being mocked  or abused  for Christ’s sake  is very different  from being mocked  or abused  for any other reason.     We must always be careful  to realize the reason  why we feel slighted,  because our sinful natures  can be very deceiving

So,  if we are to suffer  for the sake  of Christ,  it must be according  to God’s Word,  the Bible.     And,  of course,  we won’t know that  unless  we diligently study it.     Anything less  is not  for the sake  of Christ.     How is our love  for Christ?

( P.S.   This was written  in April 2005  and has not been posted anywhere.  )

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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