When we become acquainted with Jesus, we discover that He loves us perfectly every moment of our lives. His love is infinite, endless, and incomprehensible. We see glimpses of it as we read His words and observe His love reflected in the actions of kind, compassionate people. I see His love in the actions of my parents, my good husband, and my caring family and friends. Even an encounter with a kind stranger can remind us of God's love for us.
Jesus taught us that loving God, ourselves and others is the essence of his gospel. He also reminded us that if we love Him, we keep His commandments. His love empowers us to love ourselves and others. His love enables us to keep His commandments and to repent when we forget to follow Him. He has promised us that He will never leave us or forsake us. He carries us every moment of our lives. He is a wonderful God.
During the Savior's time, the Pharisees teachings were burdensome and harsh. They gave people laundry lists of rules to obey, treated others harshly, and and even plotted to kill the Savior. Their teachings or rules were called a yoke, and their yoke was heavy.
The Savior's teachings were simple. He said: Believe. Trust. Hope. Love. Forgive. Be grateful. Follow me.
He gives us the power to love Him, obey Him, and follow Him as we trust completely in Him. His grace allows us to become all that He wants us to be.
As we come unto Him, listen to His words, and serve Him, we discover that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Then, we will find rest for our souls and peace amid sorrow.
© Carol Brown