“The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” Psalm 33:5
In Luke 23:26-56, we encounter God’s greatest act of love for us; his beloved Son Jesus redeems us. Redeem means to buy or pay off, clear by payment, or to buy back. Jesus bought back our lives with his life so that we can reign with him as children of God in this life and the next.
I believe that this was the greatest act of God’s love because it gives us access to his grace (things we don’t deserve that God gives us) and his mercy’s(things we do deserve that God protects us from) in our life, and also saves us from going to “prison” or hell if you will.
However, knowing WHAT Jesus did for you won’t grant you all the things I stated above, you have to know WHO Jesus is(have your own relationship with him through praying, worshiping, reading the bible, fasting, giving, etc.) and BELIEVE in him (Believe that He is who He says He is). For instance, the two criminals who were being crucified with Jesus; one believed in Jesus and understood the act of Jesus’ unfailing love whereas, the other one did not. It says, “One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him (Jesus): Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us! But the other criminal rebuked him. Don’t you fear God, he said, since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing. Then he said, Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:39-43). Now, I don’t know about you but paradise sounds really goooooddd!!! =)
“The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:10-11
Did you know that when God created you, he loved you so much that he created you for a purpose???God didn’t put us here on this earth to wonder aimlessly around. He has given you a unique purpose that only you can do for his Glory!! =) Even when things come our way and try to deter us from our purpose, God’s purpose stands firm forever. It’s our choice whether we want to walk in our purpose, and if you choose to do so your life will be blessed tremendously!!!
There were sooooo many times Joseph could have given up on God. Honestly, if I was put in a situation like that!!!!!...hmmm, smh, I don’t think I have enough patience (Don’t judge me, Jesus and I are working on it =))…Anyway, Joseph knew his purpose; ever since he was a little boy he knew God loved him and that God had a plan for his life. He believed God, and chose to continue to walk in his purpose no matter what it cost. In the end, God brought Joseph through, and blessed his life like crazy.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, I pray that I hold on to the purpose that you have for my life. No matter what comes my way. JP Whatever I do will prosper, even my past mistakes will begin to work for my good. Every close door will be a protection for me, and everything in my life will be working together for my good JP. Help me believe that your unfailing love will keep me. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Saturday Sacrifice: Hannah
P.S. Happy African American Heritage Month!!!!!