Love Life

Crosses 
“Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regaurd one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regaurd equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Philippians 2:3-8

Remember Christ’s decision to to humble himself  through becoming a man (living, breathing and walking on the earth) and ultimately dying on the cross was a choice to facilitate a relationship with us! In fact, to get a little more personal…. Christ humbled himself to facilitate a relationship with YOU (Insert Your Name)! 

In the moments I reflect on God’s love for us everything else becomes meaningless. What is truly important becomes increasingly more clear with each sweet thought. It is like a refreshing wave of fresh, clean, cool  water washes over my entire being…. my heart, my soul and my mind are washed clean and new! My eyes are opened and I realize that when it comes down to it (meaning anything and everything) the most importat thing is the love we have for God and one another! The fullness this love (God’s love) brings is truly irremarkable!     

When I read Phillipians 2 I can’t help but think how different this is from the way we (in and of ourselves) “love” one another. When our lives reflect Christ and his love for us our relationships with both God and the world become less and less about winning and losing and more and more about love and respect. Through looking at Christ’s example we find, relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself— to SERVE. Humans often are blessed with the opportunity to follow Christ in this by serving the ones who roam the world lost in their own sin, in relating to the poor, weak, sick and oppressed, in caring for the ones who have assumed a position of power over them, in loving those the world deems “unlovable” and “yes” even in loving those who could be called enemies.      

My Prayer: 

“Above all I want to thank You for Your amazing love. I will be the first to say that I have often times failed to the love others the way God commands me to. May You oh LORD forgive me when I choose to trust in myself and fail to love as I should. I honestly want Your love (God’s love) to be the source by which everything (action, word and thought) flows out from my heart. When others see me I certainly do not want them to see me…. I want the world to see Christ in me. If at the end of my life nobody remembers my name…. it will be alright…. so long they remember the love (and more importantly You; the source of love) this humble servant sought to live, breath, move and die for. I need You to help me. I cannot do this on my own. The only thing that is good in me is You.  Thank You for Your promise to be with me always. I praise You and all that You have been, are and will continue to be. You say in Your Holy Word that ‘God is love’ and I know that You alone are God! There is no greater love that I have ever known. I love You so much LORD! Amen.”        

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