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Sixteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

The Bible passage for mediation, prayer, and reflection, for the week of April 9-15, 2017, is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.  This passage is familiar to nearly everyone.  It is frequently read at weddings, vow renewals, and marriage celebrations.  On April 16, 2015, we will celebrate Resurrection Sunday, Easter.  It is the day that we celebrate Jesus’ defeat of death, and our salvation.  As you read this passage, remember the pain and torture that was inflicted on our Savior.  Remember His suffering.  Remember His willingness to die.

 

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].  It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.  Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].  Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].  (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, AMP)

  

Why?  Why would Jesus, the perfect, sinless man, be willing to put Himself through such torture, such pain, such suffering for people who will never stop sinning?  The answer is found in this week’s passage: Love.  He loves you beyond anything you can imagine.  His love for you is perfect.  Because of His love for you, He was willing to endure the pain, the torture, the suffering.  Because of His love for you, He is willing show you patience, to forgive you time and again.  His love for you will endure, no matter your actions.  As you mediate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, take heart and rejoice!  Jesus Loves You!

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