The weeks leading into Easter are known as Lent, and many followers of Jesus use this time to intentionally self-examine their lives.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom.5:8)
The following short meditation from Max Lucado helps us focus on ways Jesus’ death and resurrection has given us new life.
Saturated in Love
Where God’s love is there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear. (1Jn.4:18)
We fear rejection, so we follow the crowd. We fear not fitting in, so we take the drugs. For fear of standing out, we wear what everyone else wears. For fear of blending in, we wear what no one else wears. For fear of sleeping alone, we sleep with anyone. For fear of not being loved, we search for love in all the wrong places. But God flushes those fears. Those saturated in God’s love don’t sell out to win the love of others. They don’t even sell out to win the love of God. Do you think you need to? Do you think, If I cuss less, pray more, drink less, study more…. If I try harder, God will love me more? Sniff and smell Satan’s stench behind those words. We all need improvement, but we don’t need to woo God’s love. We change because we already have God’s love. God’s perfect love.
By Max Lucado [Come Thirsty]