Remembering can be transformational. We are a forgetful people. We so easily forget how God carried us, how He answered prayers- all that He promised and how He lovingly fulfilled each one. We forget His perfect sacrificial love.
Today, I am taking time- and pray that you may do the same- to remember all that God has done- to remember answered prayers, to remember those valleys when He carried me.
And most of all to remember the cross of Calvary- to consider a depth of love that suffered humiliation, scorn, torture, and shame for our sakes- with no word spoken in His defense.
Let us endeavor to live lives that bring honor and glory to our Savior and Risen Lord.
Philippians 2:1-11 Imitating Christ’s Humility
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
On a parting note- another favorite Easter hymn- sometimes my own words are inadequate- and I instead seek Scripture and song to express my thanksgiving for all God has done to save us all from sin and death.
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.
2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.
3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.
4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.