"LIFE"


Some few weeks ago, my daughter hurried excitedly into the house to tell me that my son had saved a mole from the pool. She continued to tell me that, he then kept the dog away so that the mole could burrow itself back into the garden. Mirroring her excitement, I shared in her joy. Well, let me tell you, that her dad was far from impressed when she proceeded to tell him the same story later that night. She stood there confused at why he would not share in the same joy that we shared earlier. As it happens, her dad loves his garden and moles are most not welcome. You see, ‘Moles are ground-dwelling carnivores that prefer to eat insects instead of garden plants. However, their underground tunnels can ruin your garden and lawn and make easy access to your plants for other rodents.’ Hence my husband’s outburst at the salvation of the mole.


My son is an animal encyclopaedia and an avid animal lover, so I couldn’t help thinking why he would save a creature that he knew causes devastation. Amiably, he confessed that all he could see was a LIFE drowning, and he could not bear the thought of that life being lost irrespective of its weaknesses.


Wow!, that immediately made me think of Jesus! That, he saw us drowning in the past, present, and future in this tumultuous world and decided to pay the price, and save us. God, loving us so much so, that he could sacrifice his son to save us!

My son looked past the mole's wrong intentions and wrongdoing (Sin) and saved a Life, motivated by Love.


Life – ‘a particular type or aspect of human existence.’


Recently, I heard the infamous, well-respected Dr Ravi Zachariah answer the notorious question on why does God not intervene in bad situations. Doctor Zachariah so profoundly related that the Love of God is intrinsically linked to freedom of choice. If God had intervened every time there was a bad situation on earth, then he would be imposing on our freedom of choice. We would merely be robots in his hands. Similarly, if he intervened in every good situation, he would be taking away our freedom of choice. By his genuine Love for us, he gave us freedom of choice which unfortunately involves the good, the bad and the ugly. This freedom of choice existed with all the greats including Eve, Abraham, Moses Noah and with the children of Israel.


Moreover, interestingly, at the very inception of the Old Testament in the book of Deuteronomy 30.19, God said to the children of Israel, This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose LIFE, so that you and your children may live. Then, Jesus came into the world, recorded in the New Testament and professed, "I am the way and the truth and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Where God says in Deuteronomy choose life, Jesus now becomes the key and the life that we must choose!


What does ‘choose life’ mean? All the prophets and great men of God that came before Jesus struggled and could not fulfil Gods ultimate purpose. They lived in the curse of freedom of choice in this fallen world having to bear all its burdens, including the curse of sin and death.

By choosing Jesus (LIFE), and surrendering our lives to him, we make the ultimate choice and we give up the freedom of choice. He then takes over the reins, controls every situation against our enemy satan and gives us the abundant life on earth that he promised, throwing in eternal life. He begins to love on us and in return, we begin to love on others. However, some, find difficulty in accepting the Love of God.


One of my favourite books of all time has been the Shack. It depicts the relationship between God and man in an epic story where a man loses his daughter and comes face to face with God. The following quote from the book aptly depicts the limitations we put on God's love.


“You... were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around... Living unloved is like clipping a bird's wing and removing its ability to fly... A bird is not defined by being grounded but by his ability to fly. Remember this, humans are defined not by their limitations, but by the intentions I have for them; not by what they seem to be, but by everything it means to be created in my image. Love is NOT the limitation; love is the flying. I AM love. ” ― William Paul Young, a quote from The Shack

The pain of rejection, loss, hurt, offence and being unloved has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly. And if left unresolved for very long, we can almost forget that we were ever created to fly in the first place. God is not like us, his wings cannot be clipped.

Romans 8. 35 - 40

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[o]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[p] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I pray that you will embrace the Love of Christ today. He wants to engulf you with a Love that the world cannot give.

You are highly favoured and greatly loved! God is for you!


Romans 8:31-32

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?


God loves you! Say God loves me and I know it!


1John 4:18-19

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us.


Believe in God's love since his perfect love will drive out the fear of any virus, hate, depression etc, etc.


Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for loving us. Thank you, Lord, for giving us your son, so that we could be reconciled back to you and embrace your amazing Love. I pray that everyone reading this will receive a revelation of your Love. Amen


Romans 10:9-10

If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.


Confession

Dear Lord Jesus. I thank you that you love me and I thank you that you died for me. I confess my sin today. I accept you as Lord of my life. In your holy name. Amen


Congrats and Welcome!

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