Love is Beautiful

Feb 9, 2024 | Christian Living | 8 comments

My friend Tama commented that my care for Mom was beautiful. I was surprised by her observation since the daily task of caregiving includes repeated reminders, assisting with bathroom needs, preparing meals, and constant supervision which seems less than beautiful.   

The love that Jesus displayed to save mankind from sin must have looked less than attractive. Jesus was betrayed by Judas to experience a deviant trial filled with false accusations. The religious crowd spoke verbal slurs and lies against a man who knew no sin. They mocked Him and accused Hiof blasphemy. I’d dare to say this was not a lovely sound.

I can’t imagine watching the Roman soldiers swinging the cat-of-nine tails with force leaving deep wounds upon my Jesus. Blow after blow ripped flesh and left Jesus’ bones exposed. This leaves an image in my mind that makes me weep. Jesus was mutilated. Looking upon Him that day would not have been pleasant.

The scene of Jesus carrying His cross to Golgotha leaves me with less than wonderful thoughts. The blow of each nail piercing His hands, the sight of His blood dripping, and the agony of His face leave horrific images etched in my mind.

Jesus’ suffering was gory, but God’s love for mankind is unforgettable because of His beautiful display of love. Perhaps love is most beautiful when sacrificial love is given.

Dear friends, Valentines’ Day is upon us. The world portrays love as the receiving of roses, cards, candy, and jewelry. This commercial holiday may not be steeped in reality. Perhaps a more beautiful love can be given and experienced. If you find yourself in a tough marriage or caring for others who cannot give love in return keep loving like Jesus.

Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1

8 Comments

  1. Valerie Davis

    Thank you for this encouraging reminder. Love can be hard and ugly.

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    • Lisa Robbins

      Valerie, love can be hard and ugly in this world but someday……

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  2. Lillie

    Tough love, betrayal love, sacrificial love – all are attainable but only thru our Lord who knew it all so well but still prevailed victorious.
    To be “like” Christ comes with a price but thru Him we are over comers.
    Love your Devotionals Lisa. Always uplifting with great insight.

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    • Lisa Robbins

      Thank you Lillie, being like Christ does comes with a sacrificial price. There is something about those times that produce more dependence on our Savior, which is sweet in the midst of the tough times.

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  3. Candyce C

    Your care for your mom is beautiful. I see it only from afar but your loving care represents the unconditional and sacrificial love of Jesus

    Praying for you.

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    • Lisa Robbins

      Thank you Candyce for your encouraging words and for your prayers.

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  4. Katherine Pasour

    “Love like Jesus.” That’s what we are called to do. Thank you, Lisa. Sometimes we forget what the greatest gift of love is–Jesus.

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    • Lisa Robbins

      Katherine, the reminder never grows old but how often we humans can forget our greatest love.

      Reply

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