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Throwback Thursday: Love Like Mary

 

LOVE LIKE MARY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

John 12:3 NKJV

 

Several years ago, while studying the gospel of John, I began to pray for God to teach me to love Him as Mary did. Something about her total selflessness touched me. Mary loved Jesus so much that she thought nothing of using her most valued possession to anoint Jesus. Spikenard was highly expensive. She did not consider the cost except to know that Jesus deserved the best.

 

She also humiliated herself when she took her hair down and she began to wipe His feet with it. Jewish women did not take their hair down in front of men. She showed Jesus her love with no thought to herself.

 

How can I give something to God unless it cost me something? Isn’t that what it means to sacrifice? Mary did not get her calculator out and see if it fit into her budget. She did not care what anyone thought of her letting her hair down and using it to wipe His feet. All she cared about was showing Jesus her love.

 

I need to start praying again for that type of love – a love that abandons self and freely gives – not just money, but time too. Sometimes time is a more precious commodity than money. We need time alone with Jesus. How can we say we love Him if we don’t spend time talking with Him? We need to linger in His love letter to us, His Holy Word. We need to express that love publicly as well as privately, without regard to what others will think. Imagine what it would look like if we all sacrificially worshipped Jesus like Mary did!

 

Dear heavenly Father,

I do want to show You my love with total abandonment, just like Mary. Help me to stop clinging so tightly to whatever is holding me back because I do love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read John 12:1-8.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

What sacrifices (time, money, pride…) can you make to worship Jesus this week?

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

LOVE LIKE MARY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

John 12:3 NKJV

Several years ago, while studying the gospel of John, I began to pray for God to teach me to love Him as Mary did. Something about her total selflessness touched me. Mary loved Jesus so much that she thought nothing of using her most valued possession to anoint Jesus. Spikenard was highly expensive. She did not consider the cost except to know that Jesus deserved the best.

She also humiliated herself when she took her hair down and she began to wipe His feet with it. Jewish women did not take their hair down in front of men. She showed Jesus her love with no thought to herself.

How can I give something to God unless it cost me something? Isn’t that what it means to sacrifice? Mary did not get her calculator out and see if it fit into her budget. She did not care what anyone thought of her letting her hair down and using it to wipe His feet. All she cared about was showing Jesus her love.

I need to start praying again for that type of love – a love that abandons self and freely gives – not just money, but time too. Sometimes time is a more precious commodity than money. We need time alone with Jesus. How can we say we love Him if we don’t spend time talking with Him? We need to linger in His love letter to us, His Holy Word. We need to express that love publicly as well as privately, without regard to what others will think. Imagine what it would look like if we all sacrificially worshipped Jesus like Mary did!

 

Dear heavenly Father,

I do want to show You my love with total abandonment, just like Mary. Help me to stop clinging so tightly to whatever is holding me back because I do love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 12:1-8.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What sacrifices (time, money, pride…) can you make to worship Jesus this week?

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Jesus Loves The Broken

JESUS LOVES THE BROKEN

By Carolyn Dale Newell

“I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”

Ezekiel 34:16 NKJV

She was tossed aside. Nobody wanted a puppy with an injured leg. At least they chose to drop her near a veterinarian. That is where she met the lady who loved black labs. She fed her and loved her. Broken, as she called her, captured her heart. The same way broken sheep capture the heart of the Great Shepherd.

Ezekiel is a prophetic book I will barely understand until heaven, but I do understand the compassion of our Lord for His hurting sheep

The Lord had placed shepherds over the sheep, but they mistreated the needy sheep. Perhaps they were evil. Perhaps they were false shepherds. Maybe, they only cared about themselves.

You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. Ezekiel 34:3-4

The flock had scattered, left to fend for themselves. They searched unsuccessfully for a place to belong. There was one who loved them. One who searched for them and found them.

As the Lord found the separated flock who had been driven away, He discovered some of them had injuries. Like our little pup, they were limping along, they could not keep up with the others. They were not good enough to receive affection.

The Great Shepherd bound up their wounds. They held a special place in His heart.

Some of the flock were sick. They demanded medical attention. No one wanted to waste their time and money nursing them back to health. They were cast aside, but the Lord rescued them. He nursed them back to health.

The shepherds had become strong and fat. They were the desirable ones. They had something to offer. They had it all, but the only thing they received was the Lord’s judgment.

Something in all of us can identify with little Broken. Something we share with the scattered flock.

Our Lord loves us as we are. In our lostness, in our brokenness, and in our sickness.

The rich, the strong, and the wise are not sought after by the Great Shepherd. They have trampled over His flock. They have abused them.

Are you one of the scattered flock? Maybe, you have been driven away by your family, a spouse or even a church. You are loved.

Are you physically less than perfect? Maybe you are an emotional mess. Jesus will make a message out of your mess. You, my friend, are loved.

Perhaps an illness keeps you secluded. Jesus loves you too. He will lift you up in His mighty arms and carry you.

In the world’s eyes, we belong on the Island of misfit toys. In God’s eyes, we belong to Him.

Lord God, we praise You for loving us in our sin, in our brokenness and in our affliction. Help us show Your love to the other broken ones. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Ezekiel 34.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you ever feel discarded? What creates these feelings? How can you remember God loves you unconditionally the next time these emotions arise?

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Special Thanks to Rachael Bell for the photo of Enzo and little “Broken”.