When I started writing this devotional, I asked God what He wanted to speak to us about – what He wanted to say. I happen to be writing this on Easter Sunday, so something I felt strongly to write about was about God’s love and faithfulness. As you read through this devotional feel free to pause, read, write, pray, and think on things as they come up!
I know we’ve heard a lot about this and if you’re still trying to figure a lot out with God, saying He is loving and faithful can feel like a broken record. I feel like over the years of growing with Jesus, God had shown me what that looks like to Him and what that means for me.
One morning, I was doing my devotions. I started reading in 2 Corinthians 3-4 and so many thoughts started flooding my head about God’s love and faithfulness! I had to write them down because it felt really important for me to remember them (now is the time to go read 2 Corinthians 3-4, if you haven’t).
So, I wrote these thoughts in my notes on my phone and I looked back at it a little while ago. I’m sure now that it was Jesus speaking to me because a lot of the things I wrote I don’t really remember writing. Weird.. I know. God is pretty cool. Anyway, as I read over my notes and 2 Corinthians 3-4, I felt the same theme of ‘God’s love and faithfulness.’ The funny thing is, 2 Corinthians 3-4 isn’t ‘specifically’ about that certain theme. In chapter 3, it’s talking about the new covenant. That word, when I was younger, sounded like a ‘Old-Testament-I-don’t-really-know-what-it-means’ kind of word. That was until I gained a better understanding of what that word means for me and my life. It is one of the greatest pieces of proof of God’s love and faithfulness towards us!
The Bible says, “There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another.” As you probably know, that’s what Jesus did! He was sent by God, our good Father to come to Earth (Earth would not have been pleasant in comparison to heaven) and lived a humble life. A life filled with love, relationships, and discipline. Discipline as it was not easy to end His life in the most incredible sacrifice of all time. The exchange of His life for ours.
This story hasn’t always amazed me but I now realize that it’s because my whole life I focused on the part that I was not good, and that Jesus knew that. I wasn’t focused on the part where, like 2 Corinthians says it in chapter 3:18, “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the Glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” God sent Jesus because He loved me more than anything and He would rather die than not ever have a chance for relationship with me. What changed my heart was His love and that’s what it talks about in 2 Corinthians 4, the reason why that love changes us (and why it can give us that fullness that Jesus promises).
Now, the story of Jesus not only points to His love and God’s love, but His faithfulness. Every time you have love, faithfulness will go hand-in-hand with it. They’re connected because out of God’s love, He remains faithful. Just like for anyone you love; you want to do something they’re asking or serve them in some way because you love them. So, Jesus, knowing that even though you might not want anything to do with him, He chose to allow Himself to live and die painfully in order for you to be free from things that weigh you down, make your life ugly, or sad. He knew you might not accept and that you would disobey God, still living sinfully, but He chose it because He wanted you to have the opportunity. He was faithful to live that life, however difficult (and He went through it all), without sinning, and is still faithful to give you His whole heart, even if you don’t want it. The love brought God’s promise (salvation through Jesus) to fruition and the faithfulness is a result of the love. The crazy part is, God is joyfully faithful to you and that’s because He loves seeing you thrive by having freedom in life, in Him.
In my life, if I do something for someone only because I felt like I had to or was being forced to, it didn’t leave me feeling much other than probably some frustration or even fear if what I did was enough. When you are faithful out of the knowledge that Jesus loves you and that you love Him, it’s a beautiful thing.
If by the end of this devotional (now), you still read that scripture or hear the story of Jesus and feel like it’s sitting flat in your mind or it has never resonated with you, then I encourage you to ask Jesus why? It’s pretty simple, sometimes we overcomplicate things so much in our spiritual lives and it leaves us too overwhelmed or we become disinterested. Instead, like you might with someone you trust or a parent, just asking a question or just talking about what you’re feeling.
This has done wonders for me with scripture as I grew up being taught that scripture was just ‘nice stories’ with ‘good advice’, so you can imagine how dead it felt reading it when I was younger! I promise you, by taking the time to sit with God and just ask Him simple questions like, “Why does scripture fall so flat to me?” Or “Why does it feel like a chore to read the bible and anytime I have a big chapter, I’m reading it fast so I can just be done with it?”
Let your heart be open to what He might show you, what scripture He might give you, or even what He might reveal to you from childhood and past relationships. Those can hugely shape how we see God! Don’t be afraid to ask. I know it brings Him joy to know His children at least want to trust Him with their questions because He’s not afraid of them. Not only is He the Creator of the universe but He is everything we know and more – an all-powerful, omnipresent (can always be everywhere) father and friend. Let that comfort you and ask away!
I also just want to include a short prayer at the end of this that you can pray if you want!
“Jesus thank you for this day, for your resurrection, for your faithfulness and love and for giving everything for us. I pray that whoever reads this will be touched by your Spirit and it will lead them into a greater and more intimate relationship with you and thank you that that is your highest goal. What an amazing God we have that LOVE is in His title and relationship is His mission. I pray that you provide breakthrough through this devo and that the glory would all go to you Jesus! Amen.”