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1. Brief Daily Focus – Lover of Your Soul
When someone says, “I love you,” you expect more than words. After all, words don’t prove the heart. Actions do. Consequently, what does Lover of Your Soul mean?
Although Jesus was a Teacher while He lived on earth, He was also the Lover of Humanity. When Jesus went to the cross, He took onto Himself the consequences for all wrongs done – ever! He suffered the punishment for all of it. Since He did this, you don’t have to be punished. Yes, Jesus said, “I AM the Lover of Your Soul.” Then He totally proved it!
Jesus simply loves you as a whole person. As your Creator, He has a purpose for your life. So, how is your love back to God? Jesus put it in simple terms, “If you love Me, you will obey Me.” (Jn. 14:15) Once again, the focus is on actions.
Since love is only believable by what you do, contemplate Deut. 11:22. “. . . carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow – to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to hold fast to Him. . . “
Holding fast to God is pinning yourself to Him. So, loving God is choosing to stick like glue to Him in every thought, word, attitude, and deed. Consequently, since you make decisions with your will, you can pin yourself to the Lover of Your Soul.
To love God deeply means:
- Surrender to Him in everything. (Phil. 3:8)
- A choice to die to self and live for Him. (Rom. 6:11)
- Serving God daily as a “living sacrifice.” (Rom. 12:1)
- Taking care of His interests over your own. (Phil. 2:21)
- Choosing to trust and obey God no matter what your feelings or circumstances are.
- Loving Him from your heart first, then from all the rest of you! (Deut. 6:5; Mt. 22:37; Mk. 12:30; Lk. 10:27)
Now, that list proves you love the Lord!
Because Jesus proved He’s the Lover of Your Soul, you can enjoy His love. Yes, curl up in it by faith. Yet, don’t stop there. Since that’s a child’s response to love, decide to grow up in your love for God. Love Him back and prove it by how you live.
Lover Of Your Soul Scriptures:
- “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jer. 31:3)
- “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love, and will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zeph. 3:17)
2. Fun Activity
Take time to experience the Easter story with Resurrection Eggs. If you have children, let them tell the story. This set is delightful for adults, too.
Read the Easter story from Scripture as you open each egg. Choose from:
If you don’t have a set or didn’t have time/supplies to make one, click above link to see each egg’s content. Reflect on each piece, and jot thoughts in your journal/device.
Imagine what the crucifixion of the Lover of Your Soul must have been like for people who witnessed it. Then, write these imaginations in your journal/device, as well. Additionally, ask yourself what you learn from putting yourself in the place of these people?
- Weeping women –
- Fearful disciples –
- Torturous, mocking soldiers –
- Scoffing pharisees –
3. Teaching Point
Ponder why Jesus became a baby and why He died for you. Then, write a few lines about the love of God that drove Him to become the Lover of Your Soul. Then, with a reflective heart about His sacrifice, write a prayer of sincere thanks to the Lover of Your Soul.
Since God’s love is His motivation, this is a love story between God and man – between God and you. Because God reaches to bring you into intimate relationship with Himself, you must decide: I will Reach Back to God with my love. Will I trust and obey the Lover of My Soul?
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