|“I will love them freely.” —Hosea 14:5|
The Lord wants to love us freely. However, many of us are not open to the overflowing intimacy of God’s love. Our sins have made us afraid of love. We are afraid to be encompassed in the consuming fire of God’s love (Heb 12:29). Consequently, the Lord must heal our sinful defection (Hos 14:5) in order to freely communicate His love to us.
God, Who is Love (1 Jn 4:16), clears away our sins, the obstacles we place in the way of His love, by:
Be baptized and immersed in repentance (Mk 1:4) this Lent so you will plunge into the depths of God’s love this Easter. Don’t be afraid to let the crucified and risen Christ live and love in you.
|Prayer: Father, love me any way You wish.|
|Promise: “Therefore you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” —Mk 12:30|
|Praise: Even though severely rebuked in front of others by another Christian, Anna accepted the grace of total forgiveness and treated that person with even greater kindness.|