I didn't get a chance to write yesterday on Easter but I had a great day. I spent the day with people I love and actually made the entire dinner. (that's not something I normally do.)
The service I attended Easter morning was inspirational. Pastor spoke about God's Love and Wrath and I honestly can't get enough when I go to church. The kids sitting next to me were pretty darn adorable too. I was sitting next to a family of six. A family of mixed Japanese/white kids and they were the cutest things ever!!
They reminded me of myself when I was younger and was dragged to church on Easter. hahah ...Forced to wear nice clothes.. dress up.. look pretty.. and I always brought candy and crayons or markers to color and doodle on everything I could possibly find during the sermon.
The title of my post today- WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US. This is a key part of what Easter is all about. Celebrating the overflowing amount of Love God has for his people and the power that has to transform the human heart.
A few verses of scripture: John 3:16-21
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his son into the world not to judge the world but to save the world through him.
(Heres where the wrath part comes in) There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only son. And the judgement is based on this fact: Gods LIGHT came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see what they are doing what God wants.
OUR GOD is not just a God of Love..he is a God of Wrath.. and how can he not be? When he looks down upon us and sees the evil and hatred and corrupt things going on and that this is NOT what he had created our world to be..but because man has made it this way... he gets angry. I get angry.. how can you NOT be saddened or angry by the horrible things that go on today.
Are you a LIGHT on earth? or do your actions blend in to the rest of the darkness of the world. This should convict anyone..we are all guilty..but God's LOVE can change our hearts. If we make the Core of our heart..for God..we will exude light to others around us.
Another thing I've been thinking about a lot lately..is that WE (meaning people) cannot comprehend God. We will never fully understand his thinking and his ways... and if we do try we will surely fall short. No one will ever understand fully what the bible means..the controversies surrounding it. Why spend our life arguing about if it is supposed to mean this..or supposed to mean that.. when that only leads us around and around in a circle.
I think the important thing is to share God's message that he loves anyone who chooses to follow him and that we can have eternal life. We should spend more time being a lightfor God and his love.. showing other people a heart filled with love...than to argue whats right or wrong in history...or wheather this verse means this or that.
Don't get me wrong- I am not saying that we should not question our faith.. Question Gods word...have discussions about it. but when THAT overcomes your ability to show that you are a true LIGHT and a person filled with a heart of LOVE, I think that's wrong.
It's NOT about what our mind can comprehend..how smart we are in the knowledge of biblical facts. and how smart we appear to other people..because its NOT ABOUT US.Its about our HEARTS ..our HEARTS FOR GOD. A HEART of compassion.. of love, of grace, kindness, goodness, gentleness.
Why spend just one day celebrating God's Love.. That he has risen and is alive. The concept of Easter.. issomthing we should celebrate EVERY DAY. WE are free.. because of God's Love for us. We Love.. because HE first loved us.