Daily Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-7 KJV
Philippians 2:5-7 KJV
(5) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
(6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
(7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Today’s Devotional Is THE LOVE OF CHRISTIANS FOR US!
The LORD JESUS gave up everything except Love so that He could more easily meet each individual soul. In the person of God and equal with God He humbled himself and gave His life for us. He gave up all He could to give us fair clothes instead of the fading fig leaves of excuses and apologies. He fell so low that the Everlasting Arms was under the most hopeless and hapless. He wanted to descend so low that no one could go lower. He set his heart on proclaiming His Gospel, so that even the dying thieves might enter Paradise. And that no prodigal in the human family should feel that he had fallen too low or gone far enough to be exempt from the possibility of salvation. He is able to save all who come to God through Him.
It is inexcusable for any human being to avoid the love of God. The Son of His Love has taken so much effort to make us familiar with the dimensions of the universe, its length and width, and its depth. We are so cold, unmoved, and so inert. The Apostle spoke of Christ’s love constraining him and the love God has shed within him and flooding his heart. Is it possible that God’s love is so close and so easily within reach of us, yet we remain so apathetic or irresponsive to His love?
Meditation can help us to cultivate the awareness that God’s Love surrounds us. St. Augustine said that “Thy Omnipotence” is not far from us, even when we feel distant from Thee; we can also speak as much of His Love. Even though we may feel distant and cold, God’s love is always behind us and ahead, and His tenderness overshadows us with infinite tenderness. You should not think of the Cross as something that is far back in the past. Instead, meditate on Christ’s love and see it as real and tender as His words to His Mother and John.
Jesus understands our need and is available to guide us through the Holy Spirit to the realization of His Love. We can open our hearts to the Blessed Comforter and He will respond with love. “Love is the fruit of the Spirit.”
PRAYER for Today
May the Holy Spirit fill me with the awareness of Christ’s love, so that I have no place for anything other than His love. AMEN.