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Giving

I don’t know if it was planned that this was the chapter for the week leading up to Easter, but it is pretty cool either way.

He cried from His heart, nails in His hands, and poured out His blood that we might believe He loved us.

Brenan Manning The Furious Longing of God

The Gospel is stated there.  Jesus came, He lived to love, He died out of love, and He rose to save us because He loves.  I’m a little too proud of the life I lead sometimes.  If I can walk and as long as I’m in town, I get up and go to church every Sunday.  I resist temptation the majority of the time.  I pray for people.  I say nice things to people to make sure they know how much I care about them.  I live to be a good person, and I miss the point too often.  Jesus didn’t die for me so that I can be a nice person.  He didn’t endure the cross so that I could have a morally sound existence.

The Gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we beleve that He lived, died and rose again with but one person in mind: to make brand-new creations.

Manning

I for one will still seek to serve God in every aspect of my life.  I will continue to build my brothers and sisters in Christ and reach out to those around that need a helping hand.  It’s not goodness for goodness sake but a desire to live out the love that Christ displayed for all to see.  I don’t want to render the Gospel or the life of Jesus as meaningless.  I will as Mainning put it,

Surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, enter into the center of it all, the very heart and myster of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love.

As we approach this season of celebration of what Jesus did for us, what He gave for us, I want to live as a demonstration of that love.

 

8 Responses to “Giving”

  1. That is the key that so many miss or forget (myself certainly included), what we do has to be born of love. It’s His love in us, a response to that love, and then loving others (which obviously involves action). We let our motivations get clouded and self-righteousness can creep in, but His gift is a beautiful reminder of what it’s all about–why He made us new creations and gave us new life. Thanks Philip.
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  2. HisFireFly says:

    yes, His perfect timing astounds me, even when we make no plan for it!
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  3. Born of His love, may we be bear His Love out, boldly – Always shining as a demonstration of the power of His love.
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  4. Frank says:

    “To live out the love that Christ displayed for all to see.” Amen, and that’s what it is really about- not our desires, not our ambitions, not our egos, but to live a life like Christ because he so loved us. “Oh how I love Jesus, because he first loved me.”
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