Easter, a message of Love

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It’s another time of the year; many of us look forward to, not necessarily for its significance rather the short holiday it brings; a time for visits, weddings and some good food munching, I’m not exempted; while you are reading this I’m on the road for a relative’s wedding.  In the midst of all these activities we can get carried away and before we know it we are back to our regular lives on Tuesday without taking a moment to reflect on the reason for the season. This blog is all about reflections, so here’s an opportunity to celebrate Easter differently. What does Easter mean to you, I’m not referring to your Church rather on a personal level? What is the significance of the Cross to you?  I asked a few people and I’ll be sharing their thoughts as well as mine, here we go.

Isioma : Easter reminds me of Christ’s love, His story is amazing… He had the power to stop His sufferings, power to destroy mere mortals, yet He was humble. For me it’s a lesson, He carried His cross without complain… I grumble a lot actually; maybe I should always remember Jesus, be humble and carry my cross. The cross symbolises love, NO man can love me more than Jesus, with all my sins, and He’s willing to accept me any day and anytime… to start anew, for my own good. Then He rose from the dead! With Him everything is possible.

Oforbuike : The cross symbolises a place of redemption, the oracle where my strength is drawn, a pointer and an eye opener to the reality of grace.

Eka : How much work have I put in to get Christ’s love? Can I love someone the way God loves me? The way I’m undeserving but He is constant, the way He doesn’t expect me to acknowledge or reciprocate His goodness, the way He respects my position and seeks my opinion over everything, the way I disappoint Him and He forgives without thought and still showers His love, the way He hung there knowing I wouldn’t spare Him a glance but hoping that I would have a change of heart later. Even if I didn’t, he was still willing to give Himself for the slightest opportunity that I would bulge. Easter is not just a show of love, God’s love, it’s an example of love, one that I am expected to follow. I have always thought of Easter in the light of what Christ did for me, today I had a different view being what Christ expects me to learn from Him to do for others.

Easter symbolises the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without Easter there’s really no Christianity, the world waited to know if Jesus would resurrect as earlier prophesied. The cross gives me the ability to live above sin through the help of the Holy Spirit, I have direct access to the Father through the Blood shed on the cross, I understand forgiveness and I’m getting better at forgiving people.  How can you explain, a Man restoring the ear of a soldier who came to arrest Him, or praying for forgiveness over those who had crucified Him. I have understood, if I’m offended it’s my responsibility to seek out peace and even apologise when it’s not convenient. The whole message of love rises and falls on Jesus Christ, He loved me even before I was born, He forgives me when I sin even when He knows I may repeat it again. I don’t have to be clean to come to Him, He loves me anyway and His arms are forever stretched out to welcome me back when I fall out of line. Such great LOVE!!!

What’s your story? You can share it with your family, friends or drop a few lines in the comment section. Remember all these people are not perfect but they know a perfect God who loves them in spite of their shortcomings. May the joy and liberty Jesus brought, rest and overshadow you this season and always.

LOADS OF LOVE

JMAD

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Have we gotten used to God?

Worship

I haven’t learnt how to play any musical instrument yet, don’t know if I’m too old to start now. Maybe my kids will start early (hoping they have a flare for it). Although I’m not an instrumentalist or a professional singer, I’ve been blessed with a few as friends. You know it’s easy for someone to rub off on you, when you have close contact. The rubbing off, these friends had on me was an ear to pick out good sound when I heard one (not as though I’m perfect).

On different occasions, one will point out how a wrong key was played on the piano, a wrong pitch by a singer or some good beats on the drums. Most of these criticisms happened in church and gradually I started doing that. I’ll go to church and my ears are tuned to pick out irregularities in the sound production coming from the choir.

Can you relate to my story? Ever been in church and somehow you didn’t feel the vibes coming from the choir, they weren’t living up to your high expectations. I’m sure you’re nodding your head now and saying “finally I get to find someone who reasons like me”.

Hold on a little, my dear “Mozart“. When did the church become a place of entertainment? What’s our aim of going to the house of God? We go to church, and hear songs like this “We lift up holy hands with one accord” and our hands are folded, for the simple reason of poor quality of sound. Yet all of us were quick to do the “Oga at the top” sign when it went viral.

Who do we think we are??? We are not all that. Are we saying without instruments and a “Whitney” led choir we can’t worship God. “He said to them, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers” Matt 21 vs 18 AMP. His house is for prayers and worship is a form of prayer and you come in, and rob God of worship all in the name of wrong musical notes. Does it mean we can’t worship God in our closest without listening to some “good” music or our worship ends once the choir stops singing *smh.

Have we gotten so used to God that we take His things for granted? “Now is the time, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth and the Father is seeking such people” John 4 vs 23 AMP. Will God find you?

Life style

For as much as we live in the dispensation of Grace, let’s not forget the God who has our lives in His hands. Can this be related to our relationships? You’ve suddenly gotten used to your spouse or partner and there’s really nothing else. The spark that once existed has turned to a smoke coming out from burnt out wood. There’s no excitement because we’ve gotten used to them and gradually we start to lose that person.

God is new every morning. You can’t search out His totality. At one point He’s a Way maker, Protector, Provider, Healer, Judge, Father, Shield, High Priest and so much more; and He still listens to all of us when we come to Him lost and confused, never mixes up our prayer request. How can you think you can only worship this Great God conditionally, when the music is played well? If you need to be entertained, go to a concert.

As we celebrate this Easter, may it bring us back to the place of true worship as we remember the price Jesus had to pay on the cross that we may have liberty, and be free from the strongholds of sin and live victorious lives. Get lost in His presence regardless of the quality of music

Loads of Love

JMAD