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I’ve been learning about Hope

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Have you ever wondered why the day commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion is known as Good Friday? Good Friday? God incarnate being nailed to a cross amid the chants of a jeering crowd… Good? I don’t think any of the disciples would have rejoiced or called that day “Good.” And yet, because of what happened three days later, it was.

I think most people are over-preached and under-loved, so I’ll try to keep this brief.

Jesus died for our sins and three days later he rose again, making that dark Friday very Good indeed. I don’t need divine insight to state that most people in this world live in doubt over God’s goodness. Lack of faith is rarely about disbelief and all too often about disappointment.

“I could never believe in a God who…

…didn’t intervene when that happened.”

…allowed me to get sick.”

…let this person die.”

So God is dismissed, diminished and denied. But what if we don’t have the whole picture? What if God is good? What if we’re living in the confusion of Good Friday and the glorious resurrection and restoration is yet to come? Do we dare trust a God whose plan for mankind’s redemption was to come down and die? It’s not exactly how I would have dealt with the sin problem… but then, I’m not God.

All I know is that the cross forever answers the question of whether God cares. It is only with an eternal perspective that we can look at the darkest of days and call it good; and although we will never know God’s mind, the passion of Christ on the cross reveals a glimpse of his heart.

“…he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces;
he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.
The LORD has spoken.”

— Isaiah 25:8

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I’ve been learning about Love

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There are things in this world that make me afraid. There are things about others that make me angry. There are things within myself that make me ashamed. And I have spent a lot of time trying to change those things. But I’ve been learning that it all boils down to love.

‘Jesus loves you’ is a cliché because far too many people are more familiar with the idea of God’s ‘judgement’ than His love. Often, when the topic turns to God, it’s not disbelief I see in people’s eyes; it’s disappointment. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, He rises to show you compassion[1]. He is not looking for a fight.

 

I could complicate things by making this blog entry at least a hundred times as long, but really it’s quite simple. Love God and let Him change you. Love others and let God change them.

Text from 1 John 4, made with wordle.net


[1] Isaiah 30

I’ve been thinking about why I love Home Bargains

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For those who are not in the know, Home Bargains is a wonderful store filled to the brim with bargains for your home. Whether it’s Premium Dried Fruit for 37p, stripy tights for £1, or a bean with your name on for 19p; a visit to the store is guaranteed to end with the purchase of something you never knew you wanted. Take, for example, today’s AWESOME acquisition:

I was so excited that I accidentally got the wrong bus home and had to walk all the way from Kirkstall to Armley. At least I was smiling the whole time.

If you’re not convinced, I urge you to track down your nearest store and take the Home Bargains Challenge today! I defy you to emerge empty handed. My friend scoffed and came out with a CD holder, a bath mat, and some luxury toilet roll.