Preacher, when you are in the midst of trial, suffering, and hardship, consider that perhaps your greatest prayer could be for boldness to preach the mystery of the Gospel.
“…and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” – 2 Corinthians 5:15
I want it to be said of me: he gave everything for Him, for us.
Countless men and women fight a measureless battle to resist sin, intentionally choosing the harder path, and all to the glory of the Lord, trusting that His glory is a more worthy pursuit than their own desires. That’s biblical manhood and womanhood and, dare I say it, Christlikeness, at its pinnacle.
It’s Jesus perfect nature—His sinlessness, His purity, His glory—that allows God to love Him with an eternal, unconditional love. And it’s these very things that Jesus gives us—sinlessness, purity, and glory—that allow God to love us.