The greater love

Sis. Evangeline Paul Dhinakaran
07 Jul
Bible teaches us a valuable thought, “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Wallowing in sinful habits and being despised by every known person is forfeiting the soul.  Losing our soul is not God’s desire for you.  Scripture says, “…. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23).  And this is the reason for which Jesus committed Himself to die on the Cross and to give us life.
There was a lady called Florence Nightingale in England.  Many years before, there was a horrendous war in Russia. At the end, around five thousand soldiers were battered blood and bones. They suffered in pain for there was no help around them. Florence Nightingale came forward to serve them. She was in tears at the sight of blood and wounds of the soldiers.  This made her serve them day and night with food and medicines assuming them as her own flock of sheep.  At night 11 pm, she used to go from bed to bed and enquire every soldier as to whether they were in need of anything. What a source of comfort of love!
Beloved, our good Shepherd Jesus also lovingly enquires us in the same way. The Bible says, “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Yes, it is out of His love that He has saved you and me with His precious blood.  He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:7-8).  Further, we read, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). So, to save your soul from all temptations of sin and cares of this world, Jesus, through His love comes to Your side. He wants you to lead a joyful and peaceful life on this earth.  Allow Him to fill you with His life and bless you.
Dear Lord, I surrender myself completely to you.  I believe that You are the life-giving God.  Meet all the needs of my life. Help me lead a godly life pleasing to you.  Help me to receive blessings and favor from You.  You are my Shepherd.  Lead me towards prosperity of my soul.  I surrender totally into Your divine care and protection in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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