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March 30 | Amos 5:6-13

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REFLECTION


No Greater Love

by Judy Webb


"Seek the LORD and live." (Amos 5:6)


It almost seems as if this were enough to say. These words, when heeded, lead to a day filled with good things and certainly time well spent. These five words are a powerful way to begin any day…and a most appropriate way to end the day as well.


This is the reason Jesus came into the world, isn’t it? Didn’t he come to teach us to how to know Him and how to love one another? Isn’t his death the way to salvation and life? Aren’t these words we should follow daily, to live and die by?


As we are just past the half-way mark in Lent, things are beginning to get more real. We are now starting that journey with Jesus to the Cross. On this trek we are reminded of all that he did for us; all that he taught us about himself. We can relate to the disciples dismay as Jesus tells them of the plans for the next couple weeks. As Jesus prepares them (and us) for his departure. They don’t understand, as often we do not either.


Amos, a prophet like Jeremiah, was proclaiming to the Israelites that they must repent, or it wouldn’t end well for them. He was warning them of the judgement to come and alerting them to atone before it was too late. “For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins.” (verse 12)


Jesus, on his path to the cross was doing the same for us, “Seek the LORD and live.” He too knows how we have sinned and yet he loves us. He came so that we would have life and have it to the fullest. When I consider the road I have traveled since encountering Jesus and His Word, I can hardly take it in.


“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)


 

PRAYER PRACTICE


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)




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