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Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Rose without Thorn

For the longest time I have pondered about God's love for me. For us.
It only sounds too simple to say He created the heavens and the earth for our pleasure. True, God made us rulers over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over all creatures that moved on the ground. He even went as far as to give us our free will. To have the aptitude to process our own thoughts, and communicate with others.

We can sense the majesty of the Earth encompassing us with every cell of our anatomy with just five priceless tools bestowed upon us. Sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. But what about matters of the heart? Love is more than just a feeling. It is everything and nothing at the same time. It is rooted and spreads throughout every fibre of our soul like wildfire, leaving nothing as it was before. Love takes many forms and is bestowed by people in unique means. It asks the question why? Why are we so blessed to be so beloved by our Creator, and our Father? He created man in His own image. We are created in the Holy image of God. That is huge. We are of His image to be like Him. To love like Him, and to live like Him. Love is the key to life, is it not? Take note of this passage of scripture from the Bible...

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountians, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

When asked which is the greatest commandment in the Law, Jesus replied;

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:'Love your neighbour as yourself.' All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-40)

Jesus sacrificed himself and was nailed to a tree to cleanse mankind of its irreversible sin. In the old testament, sin was forgiven with the shed blood of an animal without defect. When the Son of God was crucified, all the sins of the world had become forgiven and a blood sacrifice was no longer necessary. The love Christ beared us was the same love that placed Him on the cross. That love was necessary to save our souls from the eternal and certian damnation that has haunted us since the fall from grace.

I leave you with these for thought...

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:16 )

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. ( 1 John 3:18)

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)