Bible Verse: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-11

If anyone had the right to feel resentment it was Jesus. The religious leaders of his day should have celebrated His coming and been His partners in ministry but instead they plotted His death. His disciples promised to stand beside Him and then abandoned Him at his arrest. The crowds praised Him and then chanted for His death. We call Him Lord and so often treat Him as an afterthought.

But He still loves us.

If anyone had the right to feel contempt it was Jesus. The religious leaders claimed to know the scriptures, but they did not recognize the Word of Life. The Son of God walked daily with His disciples for three years, and they argued over who was the greatest. The crowds found His teaching too hard and walked away. We so often fall short of what we he calls us to be.

But He adopted us as His Children.

If anyone had the right to feel indifference it was Jesus. The religious leaders only asked Him questions to trap Him. The disciples struggled to understand His mission. The crowds wanted a Messiah that would feed and free them. We so often turn to Him when we want something.

But He gave himself for us.

Jesus is our motivation and example. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to love our partner sacrificially and show them holy love.

— Jeff Stearns, Content Director, Promise Keepers Canada

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