2 Corinthians 5:14-15
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.
Dear Lord Jesus-
We know Father that You have GIVEN so much to us, so many gifts and talents. You've educated us with degrees, and have taught us so much. On this earth we have strived to be successful in all we do and to do our very best in our families and in our jobs and careers. But we know Father that we are not perfect in that which we strive.
Father, You love us so much that there is NO STRIVING in Your Love.
There is nothing that we can do to try to earn Your love.
The reason that we can't earn Your love is because of the Fact that You have GIVEN so freely to us Your Heart, Your Life, and The Cross.
In this passage in 2 Corinthians, You speak through Paul the "Ministry of Reconciliation", which is:
2)Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This is the Gospel that Paul is preaching. It's all about The Cross. The Power of the Living Cross that lives deep within each of us that was GIVEN to us on that very day on Calvary's Hill.
You Father, took the initiative. Through Jesus Christ, You reconciled us to You.(2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
Through The Cross, Jesus Christ reconciled the world which represents an atonement as the work of the Blessed Trinity and the result of HIS LOVE, not wrath.
It was all made possible because of The Cross. Your death on The Cross brings us into a right relationship with You because You died for each of our sins.
Your Resurrection is the empowerment of The Cross to call the lost to salvation, to claim victory over death, and to boldly proclaim Jesus Christ as the GIVER of life eternal.
Therefore, the power of the Resurrected King grants us the ministry of reconciliation to deliver the Message of The Cross to the world.
Father, The Cross has made us Yours. You have called us daughters and sons. This is Who You Are.
This is What Your Love has Done.
You have GIVEN Everything my Heart could ever need, and all YOU ASK IS
So I am resting safe inside Your Promise, to provide and nothing could ever change Your Love.
Your Love For Me.
You never ask that I earn Your Affection.
I could never earn something that's free.
I never have to fight for Your Attention. Because Your eyes are ever upon me.
Thank You Father for teaching me that there is NO STRIVING in Your Love. Because you have
GIVEN. FREELY. YOUR. LOVE. ON. THE. CROSS.
Sammy K. Bonfim