Fr. Patrick writes: Greater Love II

A walk with God, Day 36: Greater Love II

There are many ways to get someone to do something; parents and children know how this works. You can use a reward or coercion or threats or even passive-aggression. These techniques come naturally to most people. But what about God? Does God use passive-aggression to get you to do what’s right? Does God threaten you to keep you from doing what is wrong? Of course, He has the power to do so, but the depth of His love moves Him to gently redirect us.

The gravity of our sins demanded a harsh punishment, but God chose to show us love rather. St. Paul gives us insight into this: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Love is God’s method of growing us from rebellious children to a people who love and obey Him.

God’s primary tool for our transformation is not the threat of punishment but the promise of forgiveness. We should however not take this for granted and continue in sin. We should rather allow ourselves for His love to changes us into the persons He wants us to be. It is God’s grace that teaches us to say no to what is wrong and yes to what is right (cf. Titus 2:11-12).

The story of Easter reminds us that when God saw the mess of our life, He did not condemn us from afar, but came down to bring a solution. At the Cross, God demonstrated His grace and kindness to us. The cross is the symbol of God’s loving presence. Our job now is to tune our ear to the voice of grace and to love and obey Him because He first loved us.

Read:📖 John 3:1-21
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for the conversion of all who have turned against God.
Action:👉🏽 Learn/Revise the ‘Regina Caeli’ prayer.

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