God has given me the gift of love. The gift of seeing the good in every person. He gave me this gift so I can love Him and share this love with others.
This gift makes relationships deeper, stronger, and more wholesome. My heart has the ability, thanks to God, to give and give and give. I am blessed with the ability and inclination to care deeply about those around me.
Just as the Father cares deeply for me in a unique way, He gives me the gift to yearn to love and care for others just as He loves and cares for me.
Jesus the Son opened his heart for all people. He did not limit his love and vulnerability to those who followed him and were nice and appreciative of him.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Jn 3:16
God the Father loved us, each individually and unique, so much that he gave us his dearly beloved Son, so that we may share in the eternal love of the trinity.
Jesus the Christ loved us so much that he willingly died on the cross to save us from our sins, and give us the means to participate fully in the unity and love of the holy trinity.
Jesus loved and cared for each person individually. He knows and loves each of us in a unique way. He loves us so much, in fact, that he willingly endured his passion and death on the cross to fulfill the Father’s plan of our salvation, that we may join the Father and the Son in Heaven, united by the Holy Spirit.
God so loved the world that he willingly opened his heart to us, to everyone, whether or not we deserve it. In opening his heart to love and care for us, he was made vulnerable to suffering and the affects of our sins.
Through Jesus Christ, this suffering (his passion) is redeeming.
God calls me to open my heart, fully exposing myself to love and hate alike, so that I may participate in the love and death of our savior.
In opening myself to love and be loved, I also open myself to hurt. But Jesus calls me to endure this suffering like He did with his passion and death on the cross.
I have the privilege to carry my cross out of love for God and for the world alongside Jesus.
I may not understand or see God’s plan in me, especially during times of suffering, but through Jesus He gives me the strength and hope to fulfill his plan for me, so that I may love and be loved just as the Father loved the Son and as the Son loved the whole world that He died for our sins so that we may participate in the divine and eternal love of the Holy Trinity.