Holy murder?

May I ask you a question? Are there limits to God’s love? The Bible tells us that “the length and depth” of this love “surpasses knowledge”. Does God’s love reach deeper than anything we know and stretch farther than anything that can be imagined?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Sometimes we reach the limits of our patience and love and call it quits. I got there recently with a bathroom, remodeling job I was doing. Nothing went right for weeks and I finally “reached my limits.” I threw in the towel and called a handyman to install a shower surround. I had run out of patience, time and motivation. Where once my “do-it-yourself” nature had been the overpowering motivation; now I simply wanted to get the job done whether that meant my wallet was lighter or my manliness in getting the job done myself was brought into question. I had reached my limits.

But, what about God; does He ever run out of patience when it comes to finishing the work He starts in us?

Here’s a story: Once there was a father whose disobedient son had treated him with great hatred. The father in some way heard that the son was planning to kill him so that he might inherit the father’s fortune. The father went to his son and asked him to grant him one request: that he would come with him in the nighttime into a forest. The father led him into the depths of the forest, and then he told him what he had heard, and that he loved him so much that if he must kill him he would allow him to do it in such a way that he might not be forced to suffer the punishment for the crime. And taking out a sharp knife, he handed it to his son and told him that he was ready to die. The father’s merciful love so touched the son with deep repentance that he fell sobbing to the ground and he became reconciled to his father and the love that had been denied for so long was born. (By J. Wilbur Chapan, “Present Day Parables.”)

Are there limits to God’s love? The Bible tells us that “the length and depth” of this love “surpasses knowledge”. God’s love is total; reaching deeper than anything we know and stretching farther than anything that can be imagined. That love gives us every opportunity to reject Him, even giving us His life for ours and removing our punishment for the exchange. Consider how meaningless life would be if God ever decided that He had reached His limits and was pulling the plug on you and I. Thankfully, when it comes to finishing the work He started within us at baptism, God is the divine “handy- man” who never quits until the whole job, difficult or not, is completely finished. Thank God that He’s no quitter.

We pray. Heavenly Father, We acknowledge that not only did Jesus die for us, but that He died as you ordained–to save the very men and women that you created to love you. In turn, we hated you through our disobedience and brought Your Son to the cross, to die for our sins, atoning for our guilt and disobedience. Father, You never quit on us, even when in our sin we hated You. Your grace abounded in the face of our lovelessness. Your love is beyond understanding; your grace is beyond human belief. In sorrow and repentance we fall before You. Thank You Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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