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Your relationship with Jesus: Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13-14

Divine Note #14 – April 6, 2009

This is a personal love note from the Savior of the universe directly to the hearts of those who have trusted Him with their lives. Holy week is all about the greatest and most wonderful love that any human will ever need – the love of Jesus Christ. I’ve been thinking so much about our Lord’s final days on Earth after watching Mel Gibson’s movie, the Passion of the Christ. He suffered just like any human would under such horrific and humiliating circumstances. They beat Him, they called Him names, they tortured Him, His own friends denied they knew Him and I can go on and on…

During the movie I told myself that I was so blessed to not be a part of that terrible crowd of people who hurt our precious Lord. Then I had my “ah ha” moment when I realized that I’ve been there, done that, albeit in different ways. Actually, most of us have hurt or disappointed our sweet Jesus, in some way or another. Yet He still forgives and still loves us no matter what! As we remember our Savior this Holy Week, please keep His love alive in your heart. Let His Word speak to your heart, so you can understand that there is no greater love than His. He humbled Himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused His death – death on a cross. Phil 2:8

Take comfort in the following Scripture, it’s one of my many favorites. He is with you no matter your circumstances.
Isaiah 46:3-4
Listen to me, house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He,
I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Whatever you do this week, please take time to thank Jesus for loving you regardless of how you feel or what you’ve done! He brought you into this world, has been with you until today through the power of the Holy Spirit and will be with you until you take your last breath on this Earth! He will rescue you! All you have to do is take His hand, ask for forgiveness and believe that He loves you as no one will ever love you!

I hope all of you take time this week to remember what our Savior did for our world. If you don’t attend a church, I would be honored if you joined me at First Methodist Houston for our Holy Week services. Visit our Web site for service details
www.fmhouston.com or send me an e-mail. Take hold of His loving hand, please don’t stay behind.

Have a thoughtful week and feel the love of Jesus Christ,
Love,
Blanca

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c :  a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace