That Kind of Love

I’m sure I know the answer to this question, but I’m going to ask it anyway: Have you ever experienced a time in your life where you felt like your world was crashing and all H-E-double-hockey-sticks was breaking loose in your life? I’m assuming your answer is yes (me too, by the way). And if your answer is no, you’re likely too young to be reading this, or you need to check your pulse.

This was me a few months back. I was so hurt and frustrated by some situations and people in my life, and a poor, dear, soul of a friend had to experience my meltdown over the phone. I really do feel for her now, that was a rough day for both of us.

But seriously, we all have those days that seem like they couldn’t possibly get worse. Maybe you’ve lost your job, or someone you love has been diagnosed with a debilitating disease. Perhaps your spouse has just walked away from a marriage you thought was solid. Or maybe you’ve just discovered the addiction your child has been hiding. These are some of the worst things imaginable, right? But what if, you’ve been sent as a sacrifice for all humanity? What if, you’ve never done a thing wrong in all your life, but was sent to die a brutal death for a world full of sinners: rapists and murderers, human traffickers and cheaters, addicts and liars?

I’m so thankful God hasn’t asked such a thing of me. But He did send his son, Jesus, precisely for that reason. And I imagine, if I had been Jesus, I would’ve been on the horn (a phone, for all you youngsters) with all my peeps losing my mind over the day I was having! You know, similar to how I responded to my situation a few months back, but on a MUCH larger scale.

But, thank God, He chose Jesus instead. And I assure you, Jesus was a way better option than me. He wasn’t calling His bestie (John, the one Jesus loved) and complaining about the day He was having or texting His disciples asking for advice on how to dissolve the situation. Jesus was more concerned about his friends, the disciples, leading up to His arrest and execution than He was about himself. Jesus was more focused on you and on me than the imminent death He was facing. Several times before He was arrested, He urged the disciples to:

1. Believe in Him.
2. Not let their hearts be troubled.

Jesus cared more for His friends than He did for His life. Even though they would betray him, deny him, and scatter out of fear for being associated with him (sounds a bit like you and I at times). And this got me thinking about the kind of love that must be. The type of love He was extending to a rough group of friends, the kind of love He was extending to those whose sin was the reason for His existence. The type of love He has for you and for me, the ones whose sin nailed Him to the cross.

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Love is what keeps us grounded when all hell is breaking loose in our life. Love is what causes us to forgive those who wrong us and pray for those who persecute us. And love is what held Jesus to a cross.

Friend, we are going to face times of hurt, frustration, meltdowns, bad days and worse days, but may we be careful not to neglect love for one another and never take for granted the love Jesus poured out for us on the cross. Believe in him and do not let your hearts be troubled (Jn 14:1). The savior has come and overcame, and He did it for you.

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