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I have read this verse many times. However, when I read this in the context of another verse it literally sent chills through me. The second verse was this:
“23 Then the master said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges and urge and constrain [them] to yield and come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, not one of those who were invited shall taste my supper.” Luke 14:23-24 AMP
This made me stop and think. I’m not the best at an RSVP to invitations. As a matter of fact, I have gradually fallen “off the list” so to speak. There was a time that my social calendar was very full and it was a priority. However…
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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
Trust. Five little letters – one BIG word. Trust is not something that comes easily for me. I literally have to force myself to be trusting. I could say that the problem is that people have let me down. It’s true, but that’s not the only problem I have. (I know, you’re probably thinking, “She finally admits it!”) The reality is, most of my problem with trust comes down to wanting to be in control. Control is a big deal for me. I don’t know if it’s because there is so much I have felt like I had no control over, or if I am just a control freak. Maybe it’s a little of…
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“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16 (NASB)
Some may claim to see God’s love in a baby’s smile, a child’s laughter, a beautiful sunset, or a neighbor’s kind deed. While all these should indeed be considered as gifts of love from God, the strongest evidence of His love remains the fact that “He laid down His life for us.” He has given us the best gift of all: His only Son.
A Sunday school teacher read the passage of Scripture where Jesus says, “My yoke is easy.” “What is a yoke?” she asked the class of children. One replied, “Something they put on the neck of animals.” “So, what is the meaning of God’s yoke?” the teacher asked. After a time of silence, one child replied, “That’s when God puts His arms around your neck.”
John also says that the depth of God’s love should motivate us to be willing to “lay down our lives for the brethren.” Jesus once said that there is no greater demonstration of love than to lay down one’s life for a friend (John 15:13). But Jesus went the second mile and laid down His life for His enemies.
“For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for a good man someone would dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:7-11 (NASB)