Wednesday, March 14, 2012

there will always be leftovers

God, let your super-abundance overflow and flood into my abundant ills.

Let us begin with his love, because his love was there for you before your beginning. And let us keep contemplating his love, for throughout the course of your life, come what may, his love endures. And when death comes, his love will conquer, for you will be raised. His love precedes your birth and exceeds your death. It is more abundant than the ills, physical or spiritual, that plague you.

Yes, my ills are many. We all have a form of consumption; our spiritual bodies have almost eaten themselves alive.

But the Healer is bread from heaven. Starvation will not have the final word. With but a little piece, he can feed you for a lifetime. 5,000 people were fed with just 5 loaves and there were 12 baskets leftover.

The apostle Paul was a murderer and he was forgiven. He speaks of God’s leftover love in his letter to the Ephesians. The leftovers appear there as the word “lavished”. God “lavished” his love on us. His forgiveness, his redemption, is lavish; it is overflowing, extravagant, over-the-top, super-abundant. There will always be leftovers.

He does not charge you for a small crust of toast; he buys you a bakery and gives you a lifetime supply of ingredients to boot. His gift is lavish and your contribution is nothing.

Whatever your ill, whatever your sin, do not fear; his grace easily blows it all away like a strong wind blows away light chaff. Have you sinned again? He forgives again. Always again.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. -Ephesians 1:7-8

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