Collection: I Love You This Much

ARTIST: Dan Paulos


O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
(Psalm 139:1-3)

It’s true, the Father and the Son had you in mind when they planned the crucifixion. Jesus died because he loves you.

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For the joy set before Him [Jesus] endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
—Hebrews 12:2

For the joy set before Him... that's us! When Jesus was on the cross, the joy that kept Him going — the passion that fueled His endurance of pain — was knowing the freedom His death, burial, and resurrection would produce in our lives.

Jesus wasn't forced to die. He wasn't overpowered, outnumbered, or tricked into it. He chose the Cross because He loves you and me. Jesus' passionate love for us took Him to the Cross — with its pain, humiliation, and complete separation from God — and then on to the resurrected life that means victory over sin and death for you and me. What passion!

Throughout our lives, we have opportunities to show God we love Him. Again, we do these things not to earn His love but in response to His unconditional, unstoppable love. Because our hearts burn with the same kind of passion that lives in Him. So, activate that passion in your life today. Worship Him passionately. Seek Him first passionately. Share His love with your family passionately. Reach out to others passionately. Let's turn our lives, our families, our communities, and the world around for Jesus!