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Holy Week Devotional Contest: K.L. Gilchrist

, Holy Week Devotional Contest: K.L. Gilchrist

Holy Week Devotional Contest: K.L. Gilchrist

Love

 

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.” ~ John 13:34

 

Palm Sunday. Monday before Easter. Holy Tuesday. Holy Wednesday. Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday. Eight sequential days representing the beginning of the end leading to a new beginning. Eight days that transformed history. 

The world has never been the same.

Pause for a moment. Take that in.

The world has never been the same.

As believers, the eight days are as transformative now as they were years ago. At least, they are when we consider Jesus’ powerful sacrifice — the blood he willingly shed on Calvary — and that He walked through those eight days for us

With grace and prayer and acceptance of God’s job for him, Jesus did the unfathomable. He walked. He taught. He forgave. Amid mental and physical pain and while enduring a whirlwind of emotions. While having a front-row seat to disturbing religious traps, wicked betrayals, and scandalous political posturing. Beaten and bleeding and driven half out of his mind with pain, he carried the cross to the end that became the beginning.

For us. 

And he gave us this command: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.” ~ John 13:34 

He spoke the command on the day we call Maundy Thursday. Maundy means “mandate.” Jesus understood he was about to be betrayed. He was about to predict Peter would deny him later. Jesus should not have been able to think about a bold command, let alone give the mandate to the disciples, but He did. 

Why? 

Because of the greatest force known to humanity: love. He transformed our fates out of love. He gave us everlasting life out of love. He wiped our sins away out of love. As authors and creators, the most dynamic force driving us to bear fruit should be love. Love for our brothers and sisters of faith and love for those who do not yet know Jesus Christ.

Our greatest lesson from the eight sequential days representing the beginning of the end leading to a new beginning? Love no matter the circumstance. Love with forgiveness. Love with boldness. Love as Jesus loved. 

 

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Meet K.L.

, Holy Week Devotional Contest: K.L. Gilchrist

K.L. Gilchrist crafts true-to-life contemporary stories for women of faith. The author of Broken Together and other novels enjoys bringing order to chaos and dancing whenever and wherever she can. She and her family call the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA home. Visit her online at www.klgilchrist.com.