May I Have Your Heart?


Calvary (Photo credit: Dunc(an))

So what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing Himself to the worst by sending His own Son, is there anything else He wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us ~ who was raised to life for us ~ is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ‘s love for us?  Romans 8:31-37, Msg

Precious Lord, is there anything You couldn’t or wouldn’t do for us? You forgive our sins ~ every one. You heal our diseases ~ every one. You redeemed us from a fiery reward ~ saving our lives. You crown us with love and mercy ~ a paradise crown! You wrap us in goodness and eternal beauty. You renew our youth ~ we are always young in Your presence and all this bounty is but a tip of the “eternal iceberg.”  Psalm 103:2-4, Msg, paraphrased

To understand Your great Love, Lord, we are admonished to focus on Calvary where You paid the ultimate price for sin with Your own life. And even while suffering not only the weight of our sin, but the torturous cross, Your thoughts were only about us:

Printed over Him was a sign: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS, one of the criminals hanging along side cursed Him:  “Some Messiah You are! Save Yourself! Save us!” But the other one made him shut up: “Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as Him. We deserve this, but not Him ~ He did nothing to deserve this.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You enter Your kingdom.” He [Jesus] said, “Don’t worry, I will. You will join Me in paradise.”  Luke 23:38-43, Msg.

As sorrowful as Your suffering makes me, Jesus, I am totally amazed that You could think about someone else at such a time. After all, just taking a breath was excruciating. You had to push up against those spikes in Your feet to take a gulp of air. You Loved so much that You put aside Your pain to answer the criminal who deserved what he got. But he died knowing that he would rise to a new life when You come in the clouds of glory.

How awesome You are, Jesus. How can I not love You? How can I not give You my heart, my all? I plan to have all eternity to thank You, love You, adore You, and sing praises to Your Holy Name!

~shared from “Shattered by Suicide”


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