Lord Jesus Christ not only forgave that thief on the Cross (explanation in image) but also paid & suffered for that thief’s sins. This is Beyond Amazing.
Most of our Love is only toward blood relations of family while Christ Demonstrated the above toward a terrible thief.
His Ways are Unsearchable.
Blessed be the Name of the LORD.
P/S: Carry your Cross meaning
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24, NASB)
Please note the phrase “take up his cross” where on Calvary, it literally meant Forgiving others and paying for the consequence of their sin setting them free from any condemnation.
Are we able to do the same toward anyone in principle to ‘imitate Christ’ in this aspect (1 Corinthians 11:1)?
Peace to you
‘When we care & take responsibility willingly to solve & bear the sins of others, we carry our cross as Christ Commanded’ – Anonymous
‘I know all about you by how you treat a person for a mistake that is not yours’ – Unknown
Love of God – the other John 3:16
What is the Love of God?
“laying down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16), Verse in Image.
The answer is Crisp Clear in the ‘Irrefutable First Context of Consecutive Verses’ to the Verse in image 1 John 3:16, as demonstrated as follows:
1) The Verse before
“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal [age-during] life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:15, NASB)
2) The Verse after
“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
3) The Consecutive Verses before that
“Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.” (1 John 3:13 – 14, NASB)
Secret: If the ‘world hates you because of your hate’, the Verse above doesn’t apply. It only applies when ‘you are hated but yet you Love’.
Can you see it?
4) The Verses even before that
It answers the question as to why would the world hate a person who loves especially unconditionally?
“For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.” (1 John 3:11 – 12, NASB)
“his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous” = Unrighteous Jealousy
“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” (1 John 3:18 – 23, NASB)
P/S: The Devil’s Weakness
The Devil can deceive you with prosperity doctrine (Matthew 4:9) and religious beliefs even good works (2 Corinthians 11:14 – 15, 1 Corinthians 13:3) but one thing he cannot do now, is “True Love” (John 8:44):
“By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10, NASB)
Please note carefully that each Verse quoted is from 1 John 3 only, ‘Same Topic’.
Love them Like Christ
How do we know if we are Loving a person like Christ?
You will hear them confess that they hate every sin they did in the past wishing they have never done it (a fruit of genuine repentance).
What’s the benefit to us?
They will “love you much back” too (the ‘rarest type of reciprocated love’):
“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 7:47, NASB)
Peace to you