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This week we learned that being a true disciple of Jesus comes at a cost.
Two women, two different backgrounds yet together they help us understand God and how He works in our lives. We all have a back story and this back story brings with it baggage, this baggage at times weighs us down and other times it represents the burden God has called us to carry.
The Cross of Christ greatly displays the glory of God. By it, God’s perfections/attributes shine forth with an eminent brilliance. We will briefly examine two of God’s perfections, which the cross displays, namely His strictest justice and infinite love.
The fear of abandoment manifests itself in the inability to commit and the inability to love. When we fear abandonment, we close in on ourselves. Jesus frees us from that fear when we have faith in him, so that instead of closing in, we can open up to love and be loved.
Why do we sin? Why do we lie; why are we indifferent; why do we hold in our hearts anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy and lust? Those are not some external forces acting down upon you. We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners. At the core of every sinner is a profound defect in our value system. We value the things of this world more than we value Christ. We do not really believe that Christ loves us and we do not really, truly, with all of our hearts, love him. The example of the disciples abandoning Christ is the evidence that, at that moment, they valued their personal safety more than Christ. We have all done the same thing. The key to standing by our Lord is understanding that He truly does love us and gave himself for us and then to love him with all of our hearts in return.