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The Cost of Love

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The phrase “Love don’t cost a thing,” is complete hogwash. Love is a choice, and it involves a sacrifice. It costs something. For example, if you give someone a drive home that lives down the street, that works best for you. If you give someone a ride home that lives on the other side of town, that is sacrificial love. Unconditional love – that costs something! Our choices can emanate the love of God, even the smallest of choices that we think do not make a difference.

When Jesus died on the cross, He was given two choices. He had a grave decision to make that would affect the future of the kingdom of God. He could choose what would seem the best route (not die), or choose the more difficult route. In making His choice it wasn’t forced, He could have chosen not to die, He is God! But He made a choice. When someone is adopted they are not just birthed, they are chosen, even with all the difficulties and pain that may face. But in the end it glorifies God.

In life we are faced with many choices. We are wise to seek God in making those choices, and He will certainly steer us in the right direction, but He will never TELL you the right choice. He also doesn’t give you so many choices that it causes confusion, He is our heavenly father and will help guide us, but He gives us freewill for a reason. He gives an option to choose, otherwise it’s like a business proposal instead of a matter of the heart. For example, He doesn’t force us to love Him, we have to choose him. Walking with God comes with a cost, but it’s worth it in eternity. He chose us, in spite of our short comings . We were not His best choice, He was going to face death over it, but He saw what we could become, and by faith He nailed His choice to the cross and paid our debts for us. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13.

Regardless of the choices we need to make in life which are many, it’s easy to choose based on selfish ideals that the world likes to give us in self help books etc. Do what is BEST for you. There is some truth in that….and God wants the best for us. But sometimes what is best, and what we need are two different things. We all have our own ideas of what our best life looks like, but Gods ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). God is no respecter of person He loves us equally, otherwise He would have only died for “some.” He died for ALL (2 Corinthians 5:15). Choose the option that glorifies God. Do all things as unto the Lord, ask yourself, what would Jesus do? (Colossians 3:23)

If you don’t know God today, or you feel that He is overlooking you, I’m here to tell you that He loves you, and He has chosen you. He is adopting you as His own child, out of love, not selfish ambition. He is saying there are many choices, but to me you are the only choice. He chooses the broken, the least of these….. because it glorifies God. You can never go wrong in loving someone, but there is always a cost, because with Love requires sacrifice and laying yourself down. When Jesus was on the cross we were a lost cause, He didn’t need to analyze the pros and cons, He felt the love in His heart and He died for us. If He sat and wrote down all of our sins, faults and failures, and graded His choice based on that, none of us would be here.

I look at characters in the bible that were faced with many choices, and each choice led to something else. There is a domino effect, it affects the course of the future. But God blesses anything that glorifies Him, and He works all things out for the good of those who love Him. To God be the glory. Jesus came out of a line of imperfect people, if we look back at some of those choices like in the case of Tamar who tricked Judah into laying with her in Genesis 38. Lets look at Matthew 1:3-5 shall we “Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David.” Jesus came through the line of David (Romans 1:3). Praise the Lord, God works through the broken. There is no one more perfect than Jesus Christ, He is our best Choice. It is not about us, but about Him.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

I pray this is a revelation of the heart of God for those who do not know Him, or a reminder for those who do and have lost track of the unconditional love of God. Ask Him into your heart today and watch the miracle that unfolds. Do you take this man as your Lord and savior? If you said I do, then welcome to the family of God. You are more loved than you can ever imagine.

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