Love, Cross and Resurection
By Rev. Labib Kobti
When you really love, you understand the Coss of Jesus and you will rise again with Him.
When you love. Or when you speak about love. You know that you are touching a very deep issue. This issue concerns all your life. It is the most important issue of your life. It is, itself, your life. What is life without love?
When you read about love in the Bible, you know that you are speaking about God. God is love. Love is your life; God is love, this means that God should be in the very center of your life if realy you want to survive. Do you really know what is love? Or how love is the main issue of your life? Of course, you do know about love. For example, when you miss your belvoed ones; when you look for some one to love you, and appreciate you; when you are alone, sick, poor; in one word, when you are in need, you seek love.
LOVE is not a need. Love is what St. Paul will tell us. "Love is patint, love is kind.It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interest... love rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, beleives all things, hopes all things, endure all things" (1 Cor.13:4-7)
Love, in one word, is THE CROSS. When you suffer for others you know what love is, and you know authomatically who is God and what God is. God is love. The Cross and Love are two words but with the same meaning: to give your life, and in doing so, just in giving it the way Jesus did, you reach the true meaning of your self and the reason of your existence. We exist to love and only to love. And love is a cross. A continuous giving, and everlasting giving. You are then called to one thing, the most important thing, that thing is the accomplishement of the Bible, on that thing you will be one day judged: LOVE.
You will soon understant that love and cross are one word, when you will start to think,with me, for a moment, that you have to forgive, to forget the bad things that others did to you, that you should love your ennemis and pray for those who betrayed you, stole from you and hated you etc. Yes, you will feel that it is impossible, that it is so difficult, that it is really a CROSS.
Do you understand now the meaning of the CROSS OF JESUS. We were his ennemis, we did bad to him and He just love us and died for us, and forgave us. He wants us to do the same thing. He became man just for that. THAT WE BECOME LOVE. Do not be afraid from the Cross. Accept it with love. Then, yes, we will see the rue resurection in ourlives. Love and Cross means resurection for ever. Do you want to die or to rise again? Lord Jesus by your Cross and Love lead us to the true meaning of RESURCTION.