It is easy to remember that God loves us when all is well. It is easy when things are going okay, plans are falling in place, our dreams are unfolding as we envisioned, when we are very happy. It is easy to remind our friends that Christ loves them when they are going through tough times, we remind them that by His stripes we were healed, and there is nothing that comes through their way that they together with Christ cannot handle, that it is for us that Chris suffered and died, so that He could demonstrate that love, that love that He declared so many times, “I love you…”. It is easy to identify with the cricified Christ. But is it easy t walk with the crucified Christ?
Romans 8:38-39:- And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord…
We sin, we err, we make mistakes, we confess, we rise, we fall again, we confess, we go back and sin again, we fall, we suffer, we blame God, we curse Him, we complain of how He has abandoned us, He restores our pain, we smile again, we go back to our sinful ways, we circumnavigate this cycle over and over. But one thing I know is that the hardest ime to remember the Love Christ has for us, that which nothing can separate us from is when we are suffering. The pain clouds everything and listening to people speak of the love of Christ is satirical. It is by His stripes that His love for us was sealed, By hs blood hat we were ransomed. It is by our suffering that we are honed, that our Christianity is validated. Can we unite this suffering with that of Christ? can we walk with the suffering Christ in our pain? Can we identify with the love that causes so much hurt, or are we only content with that which makes us humanly happy?
May the graces that we receive over good Friday, as we commemorate the suffering servant of God, uphold us to always remember the love of Christ especially when it is very hard to remember When we are in excruciating pain…Point to remember is this,
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us… (Romans)