Love

Love is the most sought after emotion for all of us. When we have it, we rejoice. When we don’t, it causes stress, heartache, depression, tears and so on.

I found true love with my husband, Bill. I cannot begin to describe the feelings I have for this man. He is everything to me. I feel so bonded, so close, so like – yes, I will say it – his soul mate. I feel I fit perfectly with him. He makes my heart swell and jump. He makes my blood rush. When I am not with him, I can feel his touch. I can smell his scent. I feel warmth and strength from him. I would do everything for him. I pray passionately for him. I would actually give up my life for him without a second thought. Should I leave this earth before him, I will wait for him.

My children and grandchildren are everything to me. They will always be my little girls and my little boy. I will never stop thinking about them. I will always pray for them. I pray for their health and their safety and their happiness. I will always worry about them and when something happens to them, I will try to rush to them to help them. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them. If someone told me to make a choice between one child or another, or my husband or my children, or grandchildren, I would tell them to take me. There is no choice for me. I love them all equally. Passionately. Whole heartedly. All of my heart belongs to them. Every inch. Nothing is withheld. When I die, before them, I will be waiting for them.

If I can love these precious treasures like that, then just think about God’s love for us. Think about how much Jesus loves us. It isn’t just some of us. It isn’t just those that are the most special, or those who belong to a particular religious group, or ethnic group, or part of the world, or whether you are a good person or consider yourself a bad person. Jesus loves each and everyone of us. Always has and always will.

The Passion of the Christ is a movie I will never forget. I went to see it with my oldest daughter. I kept my coat held up to my face during the entire movie. Every time there was a scene which I just could not bear to see, I would pull my coat over my eyes. The movie focusses on the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life. This movie really made me aware of how Mary, his mother, must have felt. I could see, through her eyes, how she watched her son as he went through the trial, then the beatings, then carrying the cross and then finally being nailed to the cross.

Oh my God! I thought. I felt her pain. I felt her grief. As a mother, you want to do everything you can to protect your child. All she could do was watch. I wanted so much to go to the soldiers and the mocking people and do something. Did she know this was part of God’s plan? Did she know this would happen? How could she bear it?

As I watched Jesus carrying the cross, I kept thinking, Why? Why are you doing this? For us? We don’t deserve this. Look at what we are doing to you. Look at what is happening. How could we do this to you? Every Easter prior to this movie, I knew what had happened to him but until this movie, and actually seeing it, it changed so much for me. I sobbed through the rest of the movie. I couldn’t drive home, I was so overwhelmed with emotion.

This movie drove it home for me. Really made it clear about the love Jesus has for us. Jesus took a thief into Heaven with Him. He will do that for each and every one of us who asks. Jesus loves us so much that He took our sin onto Himself and died for us. Is there anyone who could do that? Do you understand how deep that love is? This love is something that will change you. You can’t and won’t be the same person when you accept that love. Jesus’ love has the power and strength to overcome everything and anything that comes your way. Without that love, you are not whole. Not the person you could be.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

The Eighth Commandment

Exodus 20:15 “You shall not steal.” The eighth Commandment.

This one is pretty straight forward, right? Do not take anything from anyone if it isn’t yours. One author says that if you follow this commandment, then you are pretty much obeying all of the commandments. Murder is stealing a person’s life. You steal another person’s spouse when you commit adultery. When you are envious of another person’s possessions, it could lead to stealing the possession. If you don’t tell the truth, you are stealing justice from another.

We have all been given the right to possess property. No one has the right to steal anything that belongs to that person. The reasoning for this is that God has given us these material items in order to be good stewards for Him. Whatever we have, we are to happily and willingly give to others, especially the poor. The Bible talks about tithing 10% of what we have to God. Stealing from what God has given us, is basically stealing from God.

What about when someone steals something that isn’t material? Perhaps like a person’s good name or dignity, or an idea or song. That is stealing. God has given us all gifts or talents which are to be used for Him. God gave me the gift of writing. I know I don’t always use my writing for His glory but, dear Lord, how I try.

It is interesting that when Christ was crucified, He was placed in between two thieves. The first thief to be saved was the one who said to Jesus, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” The thief knew. Jesus took all our sins upon himself and died for us. He died for thieves, so that every thief who trusts in Him will be saved. Is there any way we can possibly thank Jesus for this?