Friday, April 22, 2011

Five Minute Friday: The Hard Love

Gypsy Mama hosts Five Minute Friday.  This is my first time participating, but it sounds fun...and good for me.

The rules are simple.  You take her prompt and write for 5 minutes flat with no editing or tweaking.

So, here goes.



Hard love. Isn’t all love hard? Selfishness gets in the way of love all the time. We want to esteem others better than ourselves (as the Word says), but maybe later. Right now, I’m just tired. Right now, I just don’t feel like it.

Today’s Good Friday. I am so glad that Jesus didn’t feel the way I do so often. But, maybe He did. He just didn’t let it stop Him. Who knows? He was human. He did fall carrying that cross up the hill of Golgotha. He was tired. He felt the pain. The physical pain. The emotional pain. I’ve watched The Passion of the Christ. I know how much physical pain He bore. But, I think the emotional, spiritual pain must have been so much worse. Can you even imagine what carrying EVERYONE’s guilt must have felt like? I can barely bear my own. All of our guilt. All of our sorrow. All of our shame. All of our pain.

That’s hard love. How can I not love Him back?


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  1. just stopping by from the Gypsy Mama's five minute post. we hit a similar theme in writing. boy, am I ever thankful that Jesus didn't let the weight of everone's guilt get the better of him. he certainly is the example to be looking towards, as we go through this journey called life.

  2. I have been so humbled today thinking about my Savior bearing the guilt of the sins of the world. Bearing the guilt of my sins. You put it so beautifully - "How can I not love Him back?" Amen! Thank you for sharing your thoughts today.

  3. You did a great job! Such good thoughts. What church are you at in California? Following you through the blog hop. Hope you can visit me sometime.

  4. Tammy, we pastor The Revival Center in Paso Robles. Thank you for visiting me!

  5. Paso Robles, eh? Not to far from where I am in Santa Barbara! Lovely post today - so true, too. Blessings as you pastor and as you write! (I'm just retired after 14 years as associate at Montecito Covenant.)


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