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the Ransom

Today’s post comes from Lynette in Cambodia about chapter 12: The Ransom

Most of us seek out people who are “easy to love”. . . people who don’t have problems or issues. . . people who don’t require a lot from us. . . people who are just fun to be around.  Yet according to Jesus’ example and Keller’s summary, “all life-changing love is substitutionary sacrifice”.  I tried to think of some incidence, some person, something where that statement was not true.  Sadly, I could not.  To love someone, really love them, requires tremendous sacrifice on our part, maybe not initially, maybe not for a time;  but, there comes a time in every relationship where we face the question, “Am I willing to deny myself for the sake of the other person?” Or put another way, “Am I willing to love this person in a redemptive way?”

Looking at our life and ministry through the eyes of “redemptive love” shades what we do, why we do it, how we do it, and to whom we do it in a completely different light.  Redemptive love enables us to love the unlovely, to be lovely when we feel unlovely, and to seek ultimate good for those that the Lord allows to be in our circle of influence.  Keller brings out the passage, Jeremiah 29:7, which spoke to me specifically when my team moved to a new provincial location.  “Seek peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.  Pray to the Lord for it, . . .”  During our time in that province, that verse kept coming up in my heart as a basis for why I was there coupled with Matthew 5: 16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus is our example of redemptive love through His life, ransom and resurrection.  So the first challenge I leave with you comes from Keller, “ Be so sacrificially loving  that the people around you, who don’t believe what you believe, will soon be unable to imagine the place without you.”  Does this characterize the place where the Lord has “carried you into exile”? 

The second is how would loving sacrificially (redemptively) change a relationship in which you are currently involved?


Next installment of the King’s Cross blog post will be September 3rd, looking at Ch 13 “the Temple”

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