Living in the Body of Love

Thank you so much, dear readers, for your patience in these past few days that I have not posted.  On Thursday morning, I had a freak accident while making coffee that left me with first and second degree burns on my face and arm.  In light of this accident, I have so many things to be thankful for, especially my friends and family.

Since Thursday, many friends have rallied around me with their thoughts, prayers, and even some treats like cookies or trips to get frozen yogurt.  What I learned from all of this is that there are friends that “stick closer than a brother” as Proverbs 18:24 says.  In other words, there are friends that love us more than just as a family member, but that also love us as they love their own bodies.  When we feel pain, they feel pain; when we rejoice, they rejoice; etc…

Isn’t this what the Church is all about?  The Church–all believers as the body of Christ–is composed to love one another and support one another as part of one, single body.  God infuses the body with love, and with that gift of love, we are able to love Him.  Because of our love for Him, we give His love to other people: those inside and outside of the body.  As we pour ourselves out in love, He continues to refill us and infuse us with His love, and the cycle continues.  But still, everything begins and ends with God pouring out His love for us…

Have we experienced this kind of love in the Body of Christ?  Is there someone around us that may need to experience this kind of love, especially today?  Are we a friend that sticks closer than a brother? That loves our friends as we love our own body?  Have you felt the renewal of God’s replenishing love after pouring it out for someone else?  We don’t have to cling to the love that He once gave us… it was meant to be given out over and over, so that we could experience the gift of receiving His love daily, hourly, even in the strain of every minute…  Is this the love that we are giving and receiving as the Body of Christ?

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,

Sarah 🙂

 

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Thirsting for righteousness

In the previous post, I introduced the idea of righteousness and that those who thirst for it are blessed.  So what exactly is righteousness and what does it look like to thirst for it?

Here’s the background.  God is everything good; there is nothing evil, immoral, etc. in God.  Therefore, God is righteous.  We as humans, on the other hand, are broken down because of sin.  Before Jesus came to the earth, believers had to follow the Law and make sacrifices in order to receive forgiveness for their sin.  In that time, it was believed that you were RIGHTEOUS (clean from sin in the eyes of God) whenever you lived by the Law.

But Galatians 3:11 contradicts this very idea saying, “Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the Law, for the righteous shall live by faith.” 

I have been searching all throughout my Bible to find verses with either the word righteous or righteousness in them. 

1 Corinthians 1:27-30:

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are… He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” 

2 Corinthians 5:21:

“For our sake God made Christ who knew no sin to be sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

What are these verses saying?  When Jesus became sin and died as a curse on the cross for our sin, Jesus didn’t abolish God’s law, but Jesus FULFILLED it for us.  There was no possible way that we could live that perfect life that the Law demanded of us.  So Jesus is our way to righteousness.  He is the only way in which our sin can be washed away.  This is what it means in Ephesians 5 when Paul writes,

“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without sport or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27).

So what does it mean to hunger and to thrist for righteousness?  It’s to crave for being cleansed from our sin.  It’s to long for the day when Jesus presents us to himself in splendor. 

To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to have faith in the One that set us free.  To hunger and thirst for righteousness: it’s to long for Christ as a bride longs for her groom.