It’s difficult to live and work in a hostile world, which is why we as Christ-followers must live and love differently. Praying can help us grow in our love for those with whom we disagree and pave the way toward transforming our communities.
If God’s love for us had not exceeded the disrespectful way we treat Him, we’d be forever separated from Him and His love for us. We’d spend eternity (time without end) in hell, with no chance of ever seeing heaven. Jesus’ death and resurrection did for us what we could never do on our own.
The weeks leading up to Easter will be a good time to reflect on the significance of Calvary and the empty tomb. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus suffered, died and rose again so that today I can live—and eat—free from oppression. The same power that enabled Jesus to triumph over the grave continues to empower me to triumph over the sin that tried to destroy me so many years ago.
Let’s pretend that time travel were possible, and you, as a baby developing in your mother’s womb, had the ability to reason. What would you have thought if someone told your mom you were just a glob of tissue? Wouldn’t you have been relieved to hear one of those pesky pro-lifers explain that your heart was already beating by the time she was five weeks pregnant?
How often do we say no when we sense God leading us in a different direction? When He wants to do the unexpected, beyond-imaginable in (and for) us? How often do we allow our own agendas or fear to rob us of what could be an amazing life-changing moment? Not to mention the full repercussions of how these choices might affect the lives of future generations.