When you fall in love, you are willing to give up everything for the sake of the one you love. Nothing is of greater value to you. Paul fell in love with Jesus while travelling to Damascus. His life was never the same. Later, he gave up everything for his Master.
Paul had a friend named Demas who also served the Master. They ministered together for some time. But later, Demas fell in love with the world. It was with deep sadness that Paul wrote about it in a letter to Timothy.
Paul was nearing the end of his life. He was reflecting on the life he lived in service to the one he loved. “As for me, the hour has come for me to be sacrificed; the time is here for me to leave this life. I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. And now there is waiting for me the prize of victory awarded for a righteous life, the prize which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day — and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for him to appear” (2 Tim 4:6-8 GNB).
Paul was in love. Jesus had reached out to Paul at the point of his deepest hatred toward Jesus, and His followers. Paul’s life was completely transformed. Just in moments, he went from hatred to true love.
The depth of his love was proven with a life completely devoted to Jesus. Nothing mattered more to him than pleasing Jesus. He suffered much and risked everything for the one he loved. Jesus meant everything to Paul.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, this is your opportunity. Invite Him into your life, and He will completely transform your life and give you a new life. You’ll have meaning, and a new direction for your life. Now, if you have been following Jesus for some time now, maybe it’s time to fall in love all over again.
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