24th May 2019

Jesus Loves Me

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 (NIV)

This week’s Lectionary reading (Romans 5:1-11) always stops me in my tracks due to the pivotal Christian truths it contains. It speaks of our true condition before God mercifully intervened in our reality. Notice what we have been freed from: we were powerless, ungodly, sinners and God’s enemies. Through grace we are given a new heart and mind that is energised through justification, peace, hope, love and reconciliation. All of which are poured into our hearts because of God’s love through the Holy Spirit. Wow!

So in reading about these Godly gifts bestowed upon us, our hearts should ‘boast in God.’ A spirit of praise, generosity and thanksgiving should burst forth from our lips knowing that the one true God loves us and in his divine care has lifted the burdens that we carried which weighed us down. The author does not ignore the fact that we endure suffering, but is framing this in a bigger picture of God’s providence. We are now free. Free to worship, to serve and to live to the glory of God.

Hopkins tells us that to fully appreciate what God has done we require “both the heart of compassion and the head of education…[so we] know what the right action was for any situation.”* Paul’s inspired discourse should swell our hearts with God’s love, fill our minds with the word of truth and translate into practice which then pours the love of God into the hearts of our families, communities, friends and colleagues. The richness of the gifts of God cannot be contained, but overflows with goodness which knows no end and its passion consumes our actions.

We are truly blessed beyond our ability to describe the love of God. While words are important, let us allow the fellowship we enjoy and inclusion we experience to fuel our imaginations to fully embrace our renewed life in Christ. Let us allow our actions to speak loudly, reinforcing the words that have been lavished on humanity by the God who knows, sees and hears us. As a well-known hymn reminds us “Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.”

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for the indescribable gifts that you have so extravagantly given to us through your Spirit of truth and generosity. Help us now to enthusiastically carry out our labour of love. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by David Gibbs

* Hopkins, D. (2002) Heart and Head. New York:Palgrave p2
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About the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and Pastoral Worker for Grace Communion International in Central England and South Wales.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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